Dudley will be our toughest test yet – Les Jones

Ledbury Reporter: Dudley will be our toughest test yet – Les Jones Dudley will be our toughest test yet – Les Jones

MALVERN Town manager Les Jones has described tomorrow's West Midlands League Premier Division home match against Dudley Town (3pm) as his side's toughest of the season.

The Langland Stadium outfit have hit the ground running following the enforced winter break due to the floods with a 4-0 victory over Smethwick Rangers in the league and Wednesday's 6-0 thrashing of Ledbury Town in the Worcester Infirmary Cup semi-final.

But Jones reckons they will have their work cut out against a Dudley side sitting seventh in the table but with a raft of games in hand on the teams above them.

Malvern drew 2-2 when the sides met at the Dell Stadium in October, with goals from Chris Parker and Mark Saysell, and are relishing the challenge.

Jones, whose side also host Ellesmere Rangers next Wednesday (7.45pm), said: "They are one of the best two or three sides in the league but this is probably our toughest game of the season to date.

"We had one of our best results of the campaign when we drew 2-2 up there so they will be a real test for us.

"It''s a difficult game but we are at home and have got a good record there so we are looking forward to it."

The Town boss added: "We are bubbling and things at the club are improving behind the scenes. Generally speaking, there is a feel-good factor around the club and it's coming from the club on to the pitch."

Malvern will be looking to build on the 6-0 thrashing of Ledbury which saw them set up a final against Bewdley Town.

It is an under 25s competitions but Town were close to full strength as nine of their players are 23 or under.

Dave Reynolds and Louis Loader both scored hat-tricks, while Reynolds also missed a penalty at the Langland.

"I was delighted with the performance," Jones said. "We are playing well as a squad and beat Smethwick 4-0. To defeat Ledbury 6-0 and keep another clean sheet is great."

Keeper Charlie Weaver is unavailable for the Dudley clash and midfielder Parker is sidelined with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Richard Burgess scored for Bromyard Town as they lost 2-1 at home to Bewdley Town in the West Midlands League Premier Division.

Bromyard visit Wolverhampton Casuals tomorrow (3pm) and Wolverhampton Sporting Community next Tuesday (7.45pm).

In Division Two, Malvern Rangers hope for better at Wyrley Reserves tomorrow (3pm) after a 13-1 thrashing at high-flying Ludlow. Bryan Craven netted.

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