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FOOTBALL: Title-chasing Hillsiders set for make-or-break run-in

Worcester Editorial 7th Apr, 2023   0

TITLE-CHASING Malvern Town will bring the curtain down on another home league season when they welcome Brimscombe and Thrupp to the HDAnywhere Community Stadium.

Good Friday’s (April 7) clash kicks off a run of three games which will determine the outcome of the Hellenic League Premier Division title with the Hillsiders one point behind rivals Cribbs who have a game in hand.

A win will be crucial for Town with Cribbs set to play twice after this weekend before Malvern next take to the field at Mangotsfield United next Saturday (April 15). They end the season away at Corsham Town on April 22.

The Hillsiders ‘got the job done’ on Saturday with a 3-1 home victory against Tuffley Rovers.

After a promising start, Malvern brought up a century of league goals for the campaign after 16 minutes when Harry Clark dispatched a penalty following a foul on Dave Reynolds by Daniel Lander.

One became two in the 28th minute when Reynolds’ strike beat visiting keeper Luke Merchant with Ben Hayes on hand to make sure in front of goal.




Out of the blue, the visitors scored just past the half-hour mark when Kieron Blackburn pushed out a Yeshaya Lomotey header into the path of Ryan Dobbins who turned the loose ball home.

But the points were sealed in the second half when Joe Bullock played through Lewis Platt whose low ball across the area was bundled home by Ben Hayes.


Meanwhile Worcester Raiders welcome Corsham to Sixways on Friday in what will be the first of eight games in 21 days for the visitors to finish their league season.

A 4-0 home reverse to Hereford Pegasus on Saturday (April 1) capped a miserable and troubling day for Raiders who saw Dean Waldron given his marching orders four minutes from the time.

The Sixways side went into the game without manager Karl Gormley who was taken ill on Saturday morning.

In a statement, the club said: “The positive news is he is feeling a lot better but he will need some rest for the foreseeable future.”

Raiders have confirmed Sixways will be their home for the 2023/24 campaign in a new deal with stadium owners Atlas.

Chairman Steve Harris said: “We now look forward to our future at Sixways Stadium, continuing to outline our vision of trying to climb the pyramid and strengthen our squad ahead of next season.

“I would like to thank Atlas, who have been forthcoming and have enabled us to share our vision for the football club.”

Worcester City will hit the road for the final time this season on Saturday (April 8) with a trip to Lye Town in the Midland League Premier Division.

The Blue and Whites saw Saturday’s home clash with Highgate United fall victim to a waterlogged pitch meaning they will end the season with four successive home games including Easter Monday’s visit of Romulus.

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