Turner and Daffin strike in Malvern Town win

Turner and Daffin strike in Malvern Town win

Turner and Daffin strike in Malvern Town win

First published in Football

MALVERN Town completed their home West Midlands League Premier Division programme with a fine 2-1 win over seventh-placed Cradley Town.

The Langland Stadium hosts opened up Cradley in the eighth minute when Dave Reynolds ran into the box from the left but keeper Richard Kennedy managed to get a hand to his shot.

Ten minutes later, Reynolds' corner fell to James Lush and his effort was cleared off the line to Joe Endacott, whose header was saved by Kennedy.

But Cradley went close to breaking the deadlock at the other end when a James Welnitschuk shot was cleared off the line by Harry Wickett.

Then Welnitschuk hit the bar with a chip from the right wing and Cradley's bright spell continued but Scott Devlin lifted the ball inches over.

Malvern started the second-half in a more lively fashion and Lush's 53rd-minute cross-shot just missed the far post with Reynolds unable to get a final touch.

On the hour mark, the ball was played over the top to Wickett in a promising position but he could not control it.

Two minutes later, another long ball bounced and fell to Malvern's Aaron Richards, who headed it just wide.

But the home side went ahead on 65 minutes when Sam Daffin's pass deflected to Matthew Turner, who ran into the box and placed the ball wide of the keeper into the far corner of the net.

Malvern made it 2-0 four minutes later when Reynolds' fine diagonal ball fell to Daffin and his shot went in off Chad McCormack to open his account for the first team.

Seven minutes of injury-time were added on and Cradley gave themselves hope with Lee Salmon's header from a free-kick.

Malvern visit sixth-placed Black Country Rangers on Saturday (3pm).

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