FOOTBALL: Hillsiders see clearly in title race after defeating rivals - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Hillsiders see clearly in title race after defeating rivals

Worcester Editorial 28th Jan, 2023   0

HELLENIC League leaders Malvern Town will look to stretch their 12-match unbeaten run with the visit of Chipping Sodbury Town to the HDAnywhere Community Stadium.

The clash on Saturday (January 28) comes on the back of the Hillsiders defying not just fellow promotion chasers Cribbs but also the elements as thick fog descended during the second half.

Despite the inclement conditions, Town recorded a 2-1 home victory over their Bristol rivals to complete the league double and move five points clear at the top of the Premier Division table, albeit with Cribbs having three games in hand.

The Hillsiders have been unbeaten in the league since a 2-0 reverse to Wantage Town in late October but it was the visitors who started brightly and Cribbs’s Ryan Cainey hit the post after three minutes.

Town edged in front on nine minutes when Harry Clark was on hand to turn the ball home from in front of goal.

After a cagey opening to the second period, things burst into life when Aysa Corrick levelled matters on 55 minutes and then moments later Town stopper Kieron Blackburn produced an outstanding save to deny Ben Bament.

With the foggy conditions worsening, an orange ball was called for and as Clark looked to break into the area, he was brought down for a penalty which Joe Bates stepped up and tucked home to make it 2-1.

Worcester Raiders were beaten by the weather as the thick fog over Sixways forced their clash with Royal Wootton Bassett Town to be abandoned with 85 minutes played.

Karl Gormley’s men went into the game looking to build on the 8-1 demolition of Shrivenham Town the previous weekend and first-half goals from Jordan Murphy from the spot and Manny Olaloko put the hosts in the driving seat.

But after a lacklustre start from the hosts, Royal Wootton Bassett grabbed one back when Bailey Gallagher stuck low and hard past Ryan Young and into the bottom right corner with the away side sparking major worries for Raiders faithful.

With 20 minutes left, the fog began to thicken over Sixways and the game failed to reach its conclusion despite the best efforts of referee Robert McDonald and his officials who even reverted to an orange ball in a bid to reach the final whistle.

The Hellenic League will be holding a committee meeting to discuss the outcome of the match and the result of this meeting will be announced in due course.

Third-placed Raiders will hope for better fortune they head to Roman Glass St George on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Meanwhile Worcester City saw their trip to Wolverhampton Casuals fall victim to a frozen pitch.

Buoyed by a 2-0 win at Market Drayton Town on Wednesday (January 25). Blue and Whites boss Chris Cornes takes his City team to former side Bewdley Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


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