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Hooper's strike in vain as Town surrender run
5:50pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Town’s threematch West Midlands League Premier Division unbeaten run was ended by Shawbury United, who claimed a 3-1 success at the Langland Stadium.
However, Hooper was on the scoresheet shortly afterwards when he claimed the final touch after battling with a Shawbury defender to get a header on goal from Louis Loader’s free-kick.
Three minutes later, the ball was played up the right to Loader, who crossed into the box and Reynolds volleyed it wide, when maybe a header would have been the better option.
Shawbury, who had started rather slowly and not at the races for the first half-hour, gradually began to show why they are in fifth place in the league.
In the 37th minute, the ball was played to Justin Worthington, whose shot was saved by the legs of Ryan Clarke, in the Malvern goal.
Shawbury, obviously stung by their half-time team-talk, equalised in the first minute of the second period.
The ball was played into the Malvern box and three defenders all tried to head it away, but none of them got any distance and the ball fell to Robbie Millington, who knocked it into the net.
Five minutes later, Shawbury broke free down the right and crossed the ball, but Clarke made a good diving save.
But the visitors weren’t to be denied in the 63rd minute when substitute Dave Howarth played a through ball to Millington, who fired home.
Reynolds play the ball across the pitch to Hooper, who rounded his defender and sent in a shot which Nick Astley, in the Shawbury goal, pushed out for a corner.
From the resulting corner, Oliver Endacott’s centre curled and hit the crossbar and rebounded straight into Astley’s arms.
Mark Saysell then weaved his way past several players and played the ball into the box, but Astley gathered it just as Reynolds arrived.
In the 72nd minute, the ball was played upto Tom Rogers, who fired home Shawbury’s third goal to kill off Malvern’s challenge.
- Upton Town began the defence of their Senior Charities Cup title with a tough test away to AC Olympia, ultimately winning on penalites after a goalless clash.
Town welcomed back Vlad Kutlis and Jake Hall, which strengthened their squad, but it wasn’t a great first-half with chances few and far between.
Hindmarsh had a couple of headers from long throws easily dealt with, and Darby kept the scores level with a great save as Town struggled to clear a corner.
Kitchen had the best chance of the half, heading straight at the keeper from five yards out. Craddock made a few tactical changes at half-time and they seemed to work as Town started to dominate the second-half.
Hall, now on the right, caused all sorts of problems and tested the keeper on a number of occasions, while Hindmarsh went close, before Kitchen was denied by AC keeper at full stretch.
With Town unable to find the breakthrough, the game went to penalties. Kitchen, Hall, Crump and Kutlis stepped up and scored for Town as Darby saved two out of four to send Town through to the second round.
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