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Late show from Schembri seals the points for Town
7:20am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Football
MALVERN Town picked up their first points of the West Midlands League Premier Division season with a 2-1 victory over newly-promoted Bilston Town.
The Langland Stadium hosts enjoyed the best of the early chances only to fall behind to a rare Bilston attack.
In the fourth minute, Sean Cooke crossed for Lee Hooper whose header was held by keeper Karl Frangham.
The ball was played up the left eight minutes later and eventually fell to Oliver Endacott but he shot just wide of the post.
Another left-wing attack followed from Gareth Mc- Carthy’s pass but Frangham cleared the resulting cross with his legs.
Bilston then swooped to take the lead on 35 minutes when Matt Curley nodded in from a corner.
But Malvern only took three minutes to equalise as Hooper sent the ball into the area and Joe Leighton headed home.
In the 42nd minute, Endacott’s corner was glanced just wide by Hooper.
Malvern hoped to make more of their chances in the second-half with Frangham catching a long-range freekick from Hooper but then fumbling a similar effort by Louis Loader.
Endacott went close from Cooke’s cut-back and the same player fired just over with his right foot following a free-kick.
Malvern were even nearer to taking the lead for the first time 10 minutes from the end when Loader’s curling setpiece flew over the keeper and hit the bar.
But Les Jones’ side finally went ahead in the 84th minute to cap an entertaining game when both sides battled well for the ball.
Loader, outstanding as an attacking right-back, struck the woodwork again with a 25-yard free-kick only for James Schembri to slot the rebound home.
- Hosts Upton Town drew 2-2 with Worcester and District League outfit Powick in a mid-week friendly.
But it was a slow start to the game for Upton with Chris Darby in goal keeping the scores even.
Shaun Henley worked the Powick keeper and new midfielder Jake Hall had an effort disallowed but Powick went 2-0 up in the secondhalf with only 20 minutes left.
Former West Brom youngster Hall hit the underside of the bar before scoring a 35- yard free-kick and captain Kristian Richardson equalised with minutes to go.
Winger Henley hit the woodwork in injury-time.
Left-back Sam Passey became the fifth player in pre-season to make his Upton debut.
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