29 February 2020
Division One West
Hereford Pegasus 1 Malvern Town 7 (away view)
Malvern Town went to the top of the uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West table in fine style with a convincing 7-1 away victory at previous leaders, Hereford Pegasus.
We took the lead just past the quarter-hour mark when Harry Clark latched onto a cross to the far post by Kyonn Evans.
It didn’t take our hosts long to level matters from the penalty spot, but we kept our composure to regain the lead when Evans once more did well in the build-up to feed Louis Loader whose cross was met with a diving header from Clark.
With plenty of confidence in our play, George Hayes was able to extend our lead with a rasping drive that gave the ‘keeper no chance to give us a two-goal advantage going into the break.
The second period was just minutes old when Matt Turner added his name to the scoresheet before Clark completed his hat-trick for our fifth goal.
It was proving to be one of those days for the home side as they had no answer to us and in quick succession they had a man sent off and also conceded an own goal.
The scoring was complete late on when Ben Febery headed home following another inviting cross from Evans who may not have got his name on the scoresheet, but played a big role in what was a superb win.
“It was a great result and credit to the lads for responding with such a convincing performance following the disappointment that we all felt last week,” said co-manager, Lee Hooper. “The opening 20 minutes or so were quite even but we were able to grow into the game as time went on.
“Our hosts played some neat football but we managed to get out noses in front following some slick play of our own.
“We conceded a rather disappointing penalty to let our opponents get back on level terms, but after we regained the lead, we never looked back.
“To be honest, had we got into double figures, it would not have flattered us such was our dominance.
“Every player in the squad played their part in this victory one way or another; the work-rate was superb and the lads executed the game plan that we had worked upon in the build-up to the game.
“It’s so pleasing to watch us when we play like this, particularly in the second half and we don’t want to single individuals out because everyone did well.
“The most pleasing thing for Dene and I was how we attacked as a team with pace and power for the most part.
“I think the phrase ‘a good day at the office’ would be the best way to describe this performance.”