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Tisdale pleased despite Malvern reverse
6:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
MALVERN lost 10-7 to old rivals Hinckley in a pre-season friendly at Spring Lane.
The higher-ranked visitors were repelled by exemplary defensive work as Malvern, who were relegated to Midlands One West last season, kept the pack at bay.
However, a penalty took Hinckley deep into opposition territory and the resulting catch-and-drive produced the opening score.
With both sides using several combinations — Malvern had 30 players to choose from — the game was fast throughout.
The hosts’ free-flowing game saw them recycle the ball well and patiently set up phases to gain fine territorial possession.
They were rewarded with a breach of the Hinckley defence as summer signing Jonathan Bywater went through to score and James Doorbar’s conversion put them ahead.
The next period saw Malvern dominate for long spells and a drive to the tryline fell just short as the ball went forward.
But in the final 20 minutes of the clash, Hinckley put out the majority of their first XV squad, while Malvern’s side remained of mixed ability.
George Roberts put in a big try-saving tackle but inevitably the Malvern defence was sucked in and the ball spread wide, enabling Hinckley’s winger to go over for the winning score.
Despite the defeat, Malvern head coach Nick Tisdale was pleased with the performance, especially as they had 11 senior players absent through either holidays or injury.
The players from the lower sides played their part in running Hinckley close.