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Southall's double in Malvern's first win
7:50am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Rugby
MALVERN began their relegation recovery by opening the Midlands One West season with a 27-12 home win over Market Bosworth.
The first 10 minutes were error-strewn as both sides struggled but the Leicestershire visitors opened the scoring with a penalty from fly-half Llew Williams.
This proved the spur for Malvern to up their game a gear and they snaffled a Bosworth ball with Jonathan Bywater making good ground.
The close support saw scrum-half James Southall score and Adam Dixon converted for the lead.
As Malvern took the game to Bosworth, they won a scrum and Southall’s double shuffle wrong-footed the defence for his second try with Dixon coolly slotting the extras.
From the restart, Bywater collected and, although taken out in mid-air, found man-of-the-match Jack Longley who offloaded to number eight Alan Keylock.
The former Worcester and Stourbridge player showed his class and pace to outstrip the defence with a 40-metre run to allow Dixon his third conversion.
As Malvern continued to dominate, they forced errors and two Dixon penalties made it 27-3 at the break.
Malvern were content to soak up the Bosworth counter-attacks throughout the second-half.
Returning prop James Hynes starred in the loose, while Pete Sharp was a model of efficiency in his first senior outing.
Although the sure boot of Williams slotted three longdistance penalties, Malvern remained in control with dangerous centres Nick Miller and skipper Ieuan Mustow creating problems and full-back Tom Longley joining in. Young wingers Ben Essenhigh and Dan Clee were also given their first taste of senior rugby.
The older Richard Hobbs and Dave Smith put in solid shifts in the pack, while hooker Oliver Brown showed plenty of promise before being substituted due to a shoulder problem.
With at least three more players coming back in the next two weeks, Malvern made a promising start to a season of consolidation and rebuilding.