It is now back-to-back wins for the Malvern Colts, as they edge Shrewsbury Colts 10-12.
Shrewsbury were a much bigger team than Malvern. They used their forwards to gain metres but Malvern’s defence held strong.
Both teams made it apparent quite early how they were going to play. Shrewsbury with their pick and go style of play; Malvern with their quick play and sharp hands. The deadlock was broken when Raffi Cossali-Francis scored after Malvern worked up a good position in the Shrewsbury 22.
After the break, Shrewsbury increased their physicality and gained a lot of territory. As Shrewsbury edged closer, it was their full-back who bundled over for a converted score, as they took a slender lead.
This lead was increased as they scored a penalty kick to make the score 10-5, adding the pressure to Malvern as time ran out.
Malvern looked for an equalising try as time ticked on. After a couple quick tap penalties, Malvern were on the front foot once again. It was Bertie Bannister who broke through the Shrewsbury defence and dived over the whitewash to make it all square. Albie Guilding had the responsibility to score the conversion to put Malvern in the lead, which he did successfully.
Shrewsbury looked for a winner in the last 8 minutes but Malvern’s line speed and defence meant that they couldn’t find a way through. Guilding, once again, proved to be significant as he got the crucial turn over to end the game.
The Colts continue in the League, next Sunday against Walsall at home. Looking to carry the momentum of their winning streak.
Up The Vern!