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Rugby club’s plea to fans
2:32pm Friday 1st March 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Rugby Club are urging their supporters to come out in force for tomorrow’s home clash with Amersham and Chiltern (2.30pm).
The Spring Lane side, who sit in the relegation zone, enter a crucial month in their National League Three SouthWest survival battle.
Malvern are just one point below Avonmouth Old Boys, who travel to rock-bottom Maidenhead this weekend, so it is vital they chalk up a convincing victory.
Club captain Matt Williams hopes home supporters will flock to Spring Lane tomorrow and create a partisan atmosphere.
Williams said “ We narrowly lost to Amersham in November (19-8) but our squad has come a long way since then. Amersham seem to have been scoring lots of tries in recent weeks and are strong up front. They have given all the top teams in the league competitive games so we are going to have to be at our best to get a result but we feel we can do that, especially with a strong side out and playing at home."
The Malvern squad have been beset by injury problems for most of the season but Williams is happy he has a strong group of players at his disposal for the Amersham clash. Flankers Jake Hiscock and Rory Gratwohl are expected to return, while tighthead prop Tim Pickard is also available.
With the addition of new signing Ed Garbett from Stourbridge, the Malvern pack will be atfull-strength.
In the backs division,Ieuan Mustow and Adam Dixon are ruled out but they welcome back top try-scorer James Southall.
Tom Longley partners Tom Redfearn in an exciting halfback combination and former captain RyanWatkins slots in at centre with NickMiller.
Williams added: “All support, new and old, would be most welcome for this vital game.”
Malvern (from): Cosgrove, Harris, Pickard, Brookes, Smith, Williams, Tisdale, Gratwohl, Hiscock, Garbett, Redfearn, Longley, Fleming, Miller, Watkins, Southall, Milton, Jones.