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King reigns briefly but Town surrender lead
11:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Town suffered a 3-1 defeat at the Langland Stadium against Wellington Amateurs West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division.
An early chance went begging for the hosts when Lewis Platt escaped up the left flank and crossed into the box, but Oliver Endacott was unable to convert and the same player fired just wide soon afterwards.
However, Malvern took the lead in the 22nd minute when Reece King played a wonderful ball through to Endacott, who was through one-on-one with Wellington keeper Steven Bray, and he rounded the stopper, steadied himself and fired home.
A key moment occurred on the half-hour mark when Endacott shot wide of an open goal after he had tangled with Bray.
In the 34th minute, the ball was played into the box and Platt’s header went straight to the Wellington keeper.
With the final kick of the first-half, Wellington were awarded a free-kick.
The initial cross was cleared by Malvern, but it fell to Jamie Price, who could only blaze the ball wide.
It only took seven minutes of the second-half for Wellington to equalise. The ball went up the right with Clayton Johnson, who whipped in a cross, which fell to Ble Pangue to tap in from seven yards out.
Wellington were a lot more positive in the second-half and, in the 60th minute, the ball again went up the right, but Town keeper Charles Weaver gathered the cross.
The visitors took the lead in fortuitous circumstances on 77 minutes. Substitute Jamie Kings fired in a speculative effort from 35 yeards out, but his effort hit a defender’s shoulder, ballooned up in the air and nestled into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Four minutes later, Wellington put the game to bed with their third goal when Kings was once again the man to fire home.
In the 84th minute, Andre Rodrigues went down the right wing, played a one-two with Dave Reynolds and fired in a shot which Bray smothered.
Wellington went up the field and brought out another fine save by Weaver, before Reynolds had a late chance when he weaved his way to the edge of the box, but then fired wide.
- Upton Town came from two goals down to grab a share of the points in their Cheltenham Association League Division One clash at Gloucester Elmleaze.
It was a poor opening 30 minutes from Town, which saw Elmleaze take a commanding 2-0 lead in the driving rain.
However, just before the interval, Kitchen managed to charge down the Elmleaze keeper’s clearance and the ball rebounded into the net to make it 2-1.
Town played with more determination in the secondhalf and, at times, put together some decent football.
Jake Hall narrowly missed with a dipping volley and Kitchen went through oneon- one but his chip just went over the bar.
Minutes later, Kitchen put wing back Sam Passey through and the youngster hit a low, hard drive into the bottom corner to equalise.
Right at the death, Upton captain Chris Darby made a fantastic double save to ensure Town left with a share of the points.
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