Malvern beaten by Worcester in feisty derby game
Worcester 21 Malvern 5
Malvern travelled to Worcester's ground by Sixways for the first ever league match between the closest local rivals. The home side used the wind and considerable slope to their advantage throughout the first half, keeping Malvern penned in their own half for long periods. They went ahead through a penalty from centre Ollie Meadows, a former Malvern player, after Malvern had to defend desperately. Worcester dominated the set scrums as Malvern's front row failed to come to terms with some of the more questionable tactics employed and this led to a further penalty from Meadows to double the home side's advantage. Another penalty resulted in a Worcester scrum and converted try as Malvern's defence was kept under the cosh, then just before the break a Malvern fumble let them in for another score and a half time lead of 21-0.
The second half saw Malvern with the slope and conditions in their favour and after an initial period of Worcester possession, successfully defended by an improving Malvern, it was the visitors who started to dominate. Wave after wave of attacks came as judicious kicking put the spring Lane deep in home territory. However, it was "one of those days" as attacks fizzled out due to knocked on or dropped passes. Malvern were denied a certain score when the referee blew the whistle for a suspected head injury, although the player involved was up very quickly. As the penalty count mounted in their favour, Malvern finally scored from a catch and drive after a line out, Glen Potter touching down. Worcester continued to defend extremely well , but at the cost of two men in the sin bin for repeatedly offending, but Malvern were unable to break through again and Worcester took the local bragging rights on the day.
Malvern were left to rue the errors which led to attacks breaking down which would have normally seen more tries on the board. They now play Moseley Oak at Spring Lane on Saturday for another bottom of the table must-win match before hosting leaders Newbold on 8th December.