Malvern's Winning Run Comes to an End

Newbold 44 - 10 Malvern

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014 04:41pm
Malvern, Malvern Hills
By Peter Woods
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Malvern came up short on the banks of the Avon on Saturday as they were beaten by a Newbold side who were the best side played to date in this league. Malvern started brightly, moving the ball well for skipper Luke Milton to go over for a try early on, Ben King converting. For the first half hour of the game it looked to be the Spring Lane side who were well in control, although a few breaks by the home team threatened their defence, which was looking a little less well organised than in recent weeks. However, the referee was quick to penalise Malvern repeatedly for not releasing, although it was evident that the Newbold forwards were going off their feet at the ruck. This gave the Warwickshire side more momentum and they started to really threaten Malvern, their loose forwards popping the ball with precision and although Milton put in a try-saving tackle, the ball was kicked to the corner and the winger sped in to score.  The hosts went ahead with a penalty before King retook the lead for Malvern with a penalty of his own, but Newbold responded with one of their own to go into the second half with a single point lead. 

A change of prop for Newbold saw them start to dominate at the scrum, and with Malvern’s line-out misfiring the home team started to take control, and they went further ahead with a try early in the second half. Malvern had the advantage of the slope, but repeated penalties as the referee struggled to cope saw the Newbold team growing in confidence. After an exchange of views in the middle of the park, one player from each side was sin-binned and from the resultant penalty Newbold were again deep in Malvern territory. From the line-out their centre made a strong run through the heart of a lacklustre Malvern defence to score and convert with 20 minutes to go. Play was then held up for some time due to an injury to Rory Jones, necessitating the call out for an ambulance – thankfully after an assessment in hospital he was allowed home. Changing pitches, the home side then ended the match with a flourish, scoring three tries without answer to swap places in the table with Malvern.

Director of Rugby David Irish was disappointed with his team’s performance. “We were pretty disorganised in defence, which is usually one of our team strengths, and our line-out wasn’t working well either. Our players also have to realise that, having dropped two leagues, we aren’t getting the standard of refereeing we have been used to – Newbold played today’s official far better, showing they are much more streetwise, and our lads need to be a bit better in that department. Having said that, I feel that the score flattered Newbold somewhat, and we now look to bounce back against Nuneaton Old Edwardians next week.” 


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