FOOTBALL: Hillsiders left to sweat on title - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Hillsiders left to sweat on title

Rob George 15th Apr, 2023   0

PROMOTION-CHASING Malvern Town will hit the road for the first of two away games to end their Hellenic League campaign with the title race out of their hands.

Cribbs’ 2-0 win over Longlevens on Easter Monday (April 10) put the Bristol side five points clear at the top of the Premier Division with just two games left to play.

A win at Wantage Town on Thursday (April 13) will secure the title for Richard Luffman’s side after a pulsating title race which has seen Cribbs and Malvern do battle on a near weekly basis for the leadership of the league.

A point from their final two games should be enough for Cribbs who are 10 goals better off than Malvern, despite the Hillsiders signing off their home league season in style with a 5-0 demolition of Brimscombe & Thrupp.

Town travel to Mangotsfield United on Saturday (April 15) before finishing against an in-form Corsham Town on April 22 who face five games in the nine days and could yet pip Malvern to second.

First-half goals from Harry Clark, Ben Hayes, Dave Reynolds and Lewis Spurrier enabled Malvern to race into a 4-0 lead against Brimscombe. Chances were few and far between at either end in the opening exchanges of the second period.

Town were forced to quell an attempted comeback from the visitors with some stout defending before victory was sealed when Mark Magee fired low into the bottom corner for his first goal for the club.

In the final seconds, Lewis Platt’s strike from distance hit the post as Town completed a good afternoon’s work.

Worcester Raiders could join Malvern in the promotion play-offs despite becoming the latest victims of the in-form Corsham.

Goals from Lewis Monaghan and Shay Willock were not enough for a Good Friday victory as the Wiltshire side left Sixways with all three points in a 3-2 win – their seventh straight league win.

Raiders travel to Chipping Sodbury Town on Thursday (April 13) before the curtain comes down on the league campaign with a trip to Lydney Town on Saturday.

Worcester City kicked off a hat-trick of home games to end their Midland League Premier Division season on Thursday with the re-arranged visit of Highgate United.

Atherstone Town and Stone Old Alleynians then head to Claines Lane on April 15 and 22 as the Blue and Whites bid to end a disappointing season with three points to cheer the City faithful.

Chris Cornes’ men go into the clashes on the back of two 3-1 defeats over Easter with a reverse at Lye Town followed by Easter Monday’s defeat at the hands of visitors Romulus.

After a first-half full of promise against the Roms including a disallowed effort for City’s Elllot Hartley, three second-half efforts for the visitors put the game beyond the Blue and Whites despite a stoppage-time consolation goal for George Baker.

Against Lye, Dylan Hart fired City ahead in the first minute but two goal in the final 15 minutes gave the hosts the victory.

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