FOOTBALL: Team-work is the key to keep us top, insists Hill - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Team-work is the key to keep us top, insists Hill

Worcester Editorial 7th Jan, 2023   0

LOCAL lad Carrick Hill has reflected on an entertaining festive period for Malvern Town which ended with the Hillsiders retaining their lead at the Hellenic League Premier summit.

Town tackle Roman Glass St George at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium on Saturday (January 7) following a 3-2 derby win at Worcester Raiders on December 27 and a 1-1 draw with Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Monday (January 2).

Malvern sit one point ahead of Cribbs, but the Bristol side have two games in hand.

Hill made an impact at both ends of the field against Raiders at Sixways as the 21-year-old got his name on the score-sheet with an equaliser right on the stroke of half-time whilst also playing his part in frustrating the attacking talent on show from Karl Gormley’s men.

Brogan Halpin fired Raiders ahead before Hill levelled. Lewis Spurrier put Malvern 2-1 ahead and Isaac Cooper hit back with 20 minutes left for 2-2 but Joe Bates snatched the points with a 90th-minute penalty after Dave Reynolds was fouled.

“It was a brilliant feeling to win that game,” said Hill. “Credit to all of the lads because we showed great character and stuck to our task right until the end.

“It’s always nice to get my name on the scoresheet, but the most important thing was getting the three points to keep us on top of the table and extend our lead over Raiders, who are in third place.

“As a group we have a great understanding of how each other plays and our strengths; I certainly feel that my own performances have become more consistent as the season has gone on.

“We have to keep building on these positive performances going into the New Year and reach the high standards that we are setting ourselves.

“We’ve got a strong squad this season with lads who are able to come off the bench and make big impacts in games. It’s healthy competition as it keeps us all on our toes.”

A second-half brace from at Shay Carter-Willock allowed Raiders to cement third place in the table with a 2-1 comeback win at Wantage Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

Gormley’s men welcome Thornbury Town to Sixways on Saturday before a return to Oxfordshire and Wantage on Tuesday (January 10) in the Hellenic Cup.

Meanwhile Sean Brain has opted to move on from Worcester City after three goals in 22 appearances since he rejoined in the summer.

On-loan defender, Louis Salter has also moved on, returning to parent club Kidderminster Harriers.

The Blue and Whites travel to Highgate United on Saturday still in search of their first win under new boss Chris Cornes following two festive defeats.

They went down 2-1 at home to Lye Town and then had a 3-1 reverse at Lichfield City on Bank Holiday Monday.

Dylan Hart had equalised for City against Lye at Claines Lane but the Black Country side took the points with goals from Joe Palmer and Morgan Owen.

On Monday, Elliott Hartley replied for Worcester after Lichfield struck twice through Lewi Burnside and Sam Fitzgerald.

Cornes’ men pressed for an equaliser but the next goal fell to Lichfield’s Josh Beeson to seal the points late on.

City go into Saturday’s clash sitting 18th in the Midland Premier Division, having won just three of their 20 league games this campaign.

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