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Red mist for Richards as Town fall to Juniors
4:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Football
AARON Richards was sent off for a two-footed tackle as Malvern Town battled hard in a 1-0 defeat at title-chasing Pegasus Juniors.
A whirling wind made life difficult for both sides in the West Midlands League Premier Division encounter.
Malvern’s task was made all the more trickier by Richards’ red card which left them with 10 men for most of the second-half.
Second-placed Pegasus hit the woodwork on 10 minutes when striker Cory Hyde’s effort bounced out off the far post.
The hosts earned several corners with one worked to the edge of the area only for Anthony Robbins to fire wide.
Soon after, the ball was played to Ben Price and the conditions took it away from keeper Charles Weaver only for him to turn and dive on the loose ball.
Richards’ reckless tackle just outside the area earned an early bath two minutes into the second period with the referee making a quick decision to flash the red card.
Two minutes later, Juniors were awarded a free-kick for what Malvern claimed was a dive and Robbins’ powerful set-piece was parried by Weaver for Price to tap in the only goal from five yards.
Juniors attacked again immediately and another fierce shot across the Malvern box was well saved by Weaver.
However, in the 66th minute, Malvern went close to an equaliser when they earned a free-kick of their own.
The ball was played to Hooper whose shot was parried by goalkeeper Bryn Watkins and then cleared off the line.
Eight minutes later, Hyde was released for the Hereford hosts but he fired over from five yards.
Weaver pulled off another fine save eight minutes from time to deny Hyde before Malvern nearly levelled from a corner.
The flag-kick delivery was missed by everyone and fell to Reynolds at the back post but his powerful shot went just behind the goal.
Weaver tipped away a late effort from Pegasus as they went on to secure the full three points towards their title hunt.
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