Malvern Town look forward to cup final at Langland Stadium

Malvern Town look forward to cup final at Langland Stadium

Malvern Town look forward to cup final at Langland Stadium

First published in Sport

MALVERN Town have been given an end-of-season boost with a bye to the Worcester Royal Infirmary Cup final just a week after missing out on silverware.

Les Jones’ side had to withdraw from the Smedley Crooke Memorial Trophy last week because the final clashed with a pre-arranged club tour.

Town could not change the date of the clash, despite claiming they gave the competition's committee enough notice.

But now they can finish the campaign with a trophy after Bewdley were forced to forfeit the cup semi-final between the teams last week.

Bewdley’s ground was waterlogged and the hosts rejected the offer of reversing the fixture with a later kick-off.

It saw Bewdley kicked out of the cup and handed Malvern a date with Pershore tomorrow (2.30pm).

With the Langland Stadium booked for the final, Malvern will also have home advantage against their Worcestershire rivals.

Town managing director Chris Pinder said: “Our players deserve to be rewarded for their efforts this year.

“I’m hopeful we can finish on a high and win the cup in front of our home crowd.

“It will be a great day for everyone at the club and a fitting end to this campaign.”

Manager Les Jones, whose side look set to finish 14th in the West Midlands League Premier Division, added: “After having to withdraw from a final, it’s a real twist of fate that we are in another.

“It means we have reached two cup finals and had a creditable position in the league so it’s been a good season.

“Since the beginning of December, we have had a tremendous run in the league.

“It would be nice to finish it off with a bit of silverware.”

Malvern reached the league cup second round, losing 4-3 at Black Country Rangers on Tuesday night.

They shipped a first-half hat-trick to Nicholas Turton but woke up at the break and Matthew Turner beat the offside trap to fire home.

Aaron Richards bundled home a corner before Malvern equalised in the 75th minute through Lee Hooper after a fine move involving Harry Wickett, Dave Reynolds and Louis Loader.

But substitute Brett Clark converted the winning 78th-minute penalty for Rangers, which was awarded for an alleged push.

Malvern also stage their presentation night tomorrow and fans are welcome at the clubhouse from noon.

Entry to the final is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions and children over 12.

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