FOOTBALL: Title countdown kicks off as Malvern tackle Pegasus challenge - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Title countdown kicks off as Malvern tackle Pegasus challenge

Worcester Editorial 18th Mar, 2023   0

TABLE-TOPPING Malvern Town will tackle Hereford Pegasus in the first of six games which will decide their Hellenic League title chances.

The Hillsiders enter the final lap of an enthralling season on Saturday (March 18) boosted  with a hard-fought 2-0 at Brimscombe and Thrupp, hours after Cribbs were held 2-2 at Chipping Sodbury Town on Friday night.

Goals from Dave Reynolds and Matthew Turner sealed victory in a ‘professional job’ according to co-manager Stephen Cleal.

“I was really pleased with the performance against a very good side,” he said.

“It was a tough game against opponents with plenty of attacking intent and also on a heavy pitch, but everyone put in a great shift.

“We dominated the early part of the game but had to wait until the start of the second half to get ahead and then we managed to kill the game off with our second goal.

“The character and commitment was there for all to see; every game now becomes more important than the last as we enter the business end of the season.

“We’ll look to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season and see where it takes us.”

Third-placed Worcester Raiders will make the journey to Brimscombe and Thrupp this weekend looking to make it a south Worcestershire double,

After snow stopped play last Tuesday (March 7) against Roman Glass St George, Karl Gormley’s men made it three wins from three with a 3-0 success over visitors Thornbury Town on Saturday.

Raiders took the lead on 15 minutes when an Isaac Cooper cross wasn’t cleared and Bailey Fuller headed home before a calm finish from Brogan Halpin on 50 minutes put Gormley’s men firmly in control.

Jordan Murphy then scored the best goal of the game, taking a touch just outside the box and curving his shot in the top left corner beating the keeper’s near post to complete the victory.

Meanwhile, Worcester City make the trip to promotion-chasing Racing Club Warwick this weekend on the back of a 2-1 win over AFC Wulfrunians at Claines Lane.

An attendance of 412 watched an impressive performance by City who on the day could have easily won the Midland League Premier Division contest by more.

After Reiss Taylor-Randle broke the deadlock on the hour, Brad Welding’s free-kick brought the Wolverhampton side back into the contest before Elliot Hartley’s winner sealed the points for Chris Corne

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