1 August 2020
Bromyard Town 2 Malvern Town Development 1
Malvern Town Development had their first taste of pre-season action on Saturday in preparation for their Hellenic League Division Two West campaign.
Coming up against a Bromyard Town outfit from a level above, our young side gave a good account of themselves in what was a useful first work-out.
“It was a good performance overall,” said manager, Peter Daffin. “We fielded a young side and the lads controlled the opening period.
“We deservedly took the lead on 25 minutes courtesy of a Chris Parker free-kick but we couldn’t get that all-important second goal.
“After the break, we had James Loader to thank for an early penalty save before two lapses in concentration cost us dear as our opponents turned the scoreline on its head with two goals in quick succession.
“It ended in a 2-1 defeat but there were lots of positives to take out of the game and some impressive performances. Stand-out for me was young Olly Holland who, in his first senior game, grew in confidence and got up and down the pitch with great energy.
“It may be early days bit I am pleased with the way in which the squad is gelling as a group and it bodes well for the challenges ahead.”
Letcombe 1 Stratton 2
Letcombe opened their season with a friendly at home to Wiltshire League Stratton. This was a unique occasion with changing rooms not available and a one-way system in the clubhouse, but it was good to be back. Hand sanitisers were prominent and all players were asked to provide their own water bottle. At least the bar was open, although players were asked to take their drinks outside onto the grass to ensure social distancing.
An even first half saw Stratton score with a 25 yard free kick. Josh Fowler equalised early in the second half, and Letcombe then dominated the game but failed to take their chances. Another unstoppable free kick from 30 yards proved to be the winner for Stratton.