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Town look to climb table
2:49pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Town host Wellington Amateurs tomorrow (3pm) looking to climb the West Midlands League Premier Division table.
The Langland Stadium side are currently 17th in the standings but are enjoying a decent run of form that has seen them lose just once in their last five games in all competitions.
That defeat, in which Lee Hooper scored a consolation goal, came at home to Shawbury United last Saturday when the visitors recorded a 3-1 victory.
But Les Jones’ side, who had previously beaten Willenhall Town and Dudley Sports, as well as drawn with Dudley Town, bounced back with success in the Worcestershire Senior Urn on Tuesday.
Goals from James Lush and Hooper sealed a 2-1 win at Pershore Town, last season’s runners-up, to book Malvern a place in the quarter-finals.
Jones was pleased with the display and is looking for his team to use it as a catalyst to putting more points on the board in the league.
The Malvern manager said: “We are 10 points adrift of where we would like to be so we have got to push on. Our form is good and in the last five games we have won three, drawn one and lost one.
“It was a really pleasing win against Pershore, we were the better side and we deserved to win.”
But he added: “This will be our 19th game of the season so the league really stretches a squad with work commitments, injuries and holidays.”
Striker Hooper (holiday), midfielder Joe Leighton (honeymoon) and defender Andy Fletcher (work) are all missing for the Wellington Amateurs match but defender Joe Endacott is set to return.
New defensive signing Aaron Richards, who has joined from Malvern Rangers, should also be involved at the Langland.
Meanwhile, Jones believes the arrival of new owners Chris Pinder and Ted Grizzell is just what the club needed.
The pair, who head up the Save Malvern Town Football Club Consortium (SMTFCC), had a takeover bid accepted last month.
It will allow the club to clear debts of around £200,000 and also see the formation of a programme to develop young players.
Jones said: “The club needed changing with the infrastructure.
“It’s so difficult when there is no playing budget and you are operating on a shoe-string. ”
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