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Saysell earns a draw for Town
2:03pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Town returned from high-flying Dudley Town with a well-deserved 2-2 draw but could have bagged all three points.
Play was even with both sides having chances in the West Midlands League Premier Division clash but Dudley took a 27th-minute lead.
New keeper Charlie Weaver, rushing out for the ball, was unable to reach it and Dreniz Bala slotted home.
Fourth-from-bottom Malvern equalised on the stroke of half-time when another debutant, midfielder Chris Parker, volleyed into the net from 30 yards.
Dudley regained the lead two minutes into the second-half after Adam Callingswood’s free-kick hit the bar and then the outstretched Weaver to roll over the line.
Twelve yellow cards were dished out and one red went to Dudley for a second booking late on. In injury-time, the ball was played into the box and defender Mark Saysell hit a tremendous shot to earn Malvern a point.
As well as Weaver from Worcester City youth and Parker from Hartpury College, Malvern have also added winger Andre Rodrigues from Evesham United.
Last weekend, Town handed second-from-bottom Bustleholme their first league win of the season, failing to take their chances in a 3-1 defeat.
The hosts took the lead after three minutes when Nathan Jones fired home under keeper Ian Hill’s body.
Connor Deeley-Brewer’s effort was pushed away by Hill before a 15th-minute penalty was awarded for Andrew Fletcher’s foul on Jones and Alex Hyde made no mistake from the spot.
Malvern created a string of chances up until half-time. Lee Hooper’s header was turned away by keeper Ryan Hall. He saved twice from Dave Reynolds, who also headed wide, while Fletcher hit the bar from Oliver Endacott’s corner.
Reynolds went close again 14 minutes into the second period but Hall held his shot with Hooper closing in.
Bustleholme were only denied a third goal 15 minutes from time by Hill’s stunning stop from Jones after Chris Norton hit the bar.
The goal did arrive a minute later, though, with Malvern claiming a foul on Reece King as Daniel Hall netted.
Hooper’s finish from King’s pass two minutes from time was merely a consolation.
Town visit Dudley Sports tomorrow (3pm) before hosting Willenhall Town next Wednesday (7.45pm).
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