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In-form Town targeting top 10 finish
3:20pm Saturday 14th April 2012 in Sport
MALVERN Town have six games left to achieve their target of finishing in the West Midlands Football League Premier Division top 10.
The Langland Stadium side set the goal at the start of the season and an unbeaten run of five games, including three consecutive victories, has kept them on track.
Les Jones’ 13th-placed side, who won 5-0 at Lye Town last Saturday, are four points behind 10th-placed Wellington but remain confident of bridging the gap at local rivals Bromyard Town tomorrow (3pm).
Although second-from-bottom Bromyard sprung a 1-0 surprise at high-flying Wulfrunians last Saturday, Malvern look to continue their form. Jones said: “I am very pleased.
We have had three straight league wins and two draws. It’s excellent and we are finishingly strongly.
“Our target has always been the top 10 and we have put a string of results together so that remains our aim.
“It’s going to be difficult but it’s a target we are aiming for. We have got games we can win and, if we play like we did against Lye last Saturday, we can do that.”
Malvern, however, will be without five players for the trip to Delahay Meadow due to four suspensions.
Left-back Chris Allen and centrehalf Andrew Fletcher are serving three-game bans, while forward Ollie Endacott and midfielder Joe Leighton have one-game suspensions. Allen and Fletcher were not allowed to play in Tuesday’s Smedley Crooke Memorial Trophy semi-final which Malvern lost 5-3 on penalties to Lye.
Under Worcestershire FA rules, the competition does not count towards suspensions so they will have to wait until the visit of Dudley Sports a week tomorrow to complete the punishment.
Jones, who also has defender Tim Clarke on holiday, added: “It will be a test of the squad but we are confident in the players.”
Bromyard followed up the Wulfrunians win with a 4-1 defeat at home to high-flying Wolverhampton Casuals in mid-week.