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Malvern Victoria secure semi-final place
Updated 6:08pm Thursday 27th February 2014 in Sport
MALVERN Victoria booked a Southam Trophy semi-final spot with a 2-0 win at lower-ranked Hylton Road Rovers in Worcester.
With Victoria having not played in the McDonald's Worcester and District Football League since Christmas due to the wet weather, it took a while for them to hit their stride.
Once the Division Two outfit settled, they played flowing football with all the team working hard for each other.
Victoria had chances in the first-half through the hard work of midfielders Nick Lancett, Andy Nolan, Simon Clarke, Richard Green and Jamie Harding, who made chances for lone striker Stacey Brimmell.
They pressured Rovers all over the pitch and the hard work paid off when the ball was played all the way from the back for Lancett to score.
The second-half started as the first did with fine pressure, grit and determination from Victoria.
The defensive line of Wayne Hanson, Steve Nolan, Yasar Aydoguus, Chris Harper and goalkeeper Daniel Hughes helped keep the strikeforce of Rovers at bay, limiting them to few chances.
Victoria's second goal came when the ball was played down the line to Andy Nolan on the left and his shot on target was spilled by the keeper into his net.
With the visitors' grip on the game strengthened, they introduced substitutes Les Bayliss-Brown and Matt Lancett before finishing strongly.