MALVERN HOLD OUT TO TAKE THE POINTS !
EARLSDON LOSE THE GAME IN THE FIRST HALF
On a glorious Saturday afternoon, the red and whites left it too late to take the spoils in a game of two halves. Earlsdon allowing Malvern to employ their typical expansive game plan in the first half to run in 3 unanswered tries within the first 20 minutes. The second half was quite the opposite, Earlsdon retained the ball well and starved Malvern of at possession. The clock ran out with Earlsdon 9 points behind the visitors, a poor first half inevitably costing the red and whites the match.
Earlsdon did start the brighter team but the initial threat was thwarted by the Malvern defence and the next 20 minutes became an all Malvern affair. The visitors found space out wide on numerous occasions, almost as if they had an extra man in attack. Malvern exploited this space to run in 3 unanswered tries in the first 20 minutes to take a 19-0 lead. Earlsdon regrouped and kept Malvern at bay for the remainder of the half.
The half time team talks reiterated the need to keep the ball and not allow Malverns dangerous backs any possession.
The second half couldn’t have started any better, with Jack Madeloff scoring the home sides first try after a series of close-quarter picks from the base of the ruck (Hicks Converting). Although the wise words at half time seemed to have fallen on deaf ears as Malvern regained possession and scored a further two tries in 10 minutes to extend their lead to 7-33. The rest of game belonged to Earlsdon, as the boys worked hard to retain possession and made steady yards through some strong forward carries. Andrew Forsyth bagging Earlsdons second try again from close range after a series of forward carries (Hicks Converting). Leo Craddock was next on the scoresheet after some patient attack from the red and whites led to some space out wide for the full back to crash over. With Earlsdon still in control, some more controlled phases from the forwards eventually enabled Scrum-Half Robert Fisher to dive over the line from short distance (Conversion Missed). The game finished with Earlsdon on the attack for the losing point try, but the Malvern defence held out for a well-deserved victory. We wish them the best of luck in their promotion play-off game against Crewe & Nantwich RFC.
Onwards to next week and the final game of the 2017/18 season against Nuneaton Old Edwardians, who need the win to avoid the risk of relegation.