Malvern pipped at post in Wyeside thriller
Hereford 35 Malvern 29
Malvern pulled out a second half resurgence which saw them fight back from 21-8 down to lead by one point in the last few minutes, only to see a fighting Hereford side snatch victory with the final play of the match.
Malvern, playing into a strong wind and upfield in the first half, started with purpose, taking the play to their hosts, winning a turnover and a couple of penalties, the second of which Jasper Windsor-Clive slotted over for the lead. Stung into a response the influential Hereford stand off dummied his way downfield and fed the winger to sore a converted try. Using the conditions and their superior pack weight, the Wyesiders quickly added to their tally as a penalty took them into the Malvern 22 and a well controlled rolling maul saw them drive over to double their total.A similar move soon after saw the lead stretch to 21-8 and Malvern looked to be staring another heavy defeat in the eyes. However, the spirit which is so evident in the team saw them drive upfield, Luke Milton setting up a superb score in the corner only for the referee to wrongly adjudge it had been knocked forward. Although Hereford cleared the danger, back came Malvern with a lovely backs move which Milton finished off, Windsor-Clive converting.
When Hereford scored again with a move which started in front of their own goal line, , claiming the try bonus, heads could have gone down, but instead it signalled a Malvern resurgence.Using the conditions to get deep into home territory, they moved the ball around with confidence, testing a well-marshalled Hereford defence. However, the probing finally worked as the ball was moved from one side of the field and back again for Jack Curtis to score in the corner. Another Malvern attack, where the ball carriers took play to the line, was only foiled when the ball was dislodged from James Tutty's grasp. Still Malvern came, forcing Hereford to give away penalties, and Milton joined in an attack to put Ieuan Mustow in, Windsor-Clive converting, and they were back within one score. As the game entered the final 5 minutes it was all Malvern, A scrum resulting in Richard Fleming taking the ball and scoring on the burst. Windsor-Clive's conversion put the Spring Lane outfit ahead by one point, but could they sustain the lead until the end? Sadly not, as Hereford worked their way upfield and won a penalty, from which they ran in the winning try.
Disappointment for Malvern, but probably their best performance of the season to date as they slowly come to terms with the pace of this higher league, and two points fronm theis fixture. After a week off they entertain bottom club Longton on 17th November, kick off 2.15pm.