Malvern Colts run continues with convincing win over Telford
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Malvern Colts returned to League action with a convincing 61-7 win over Telford at Spring Lane on a cold and breezy Sunday. Despite fielding some new recruits due to a growing injury list, Malvern were quick to stamp their authority with skipper Tom Bill waltzing over for a opening try after 20 seconds (converted by Hardiman). A second followed within a minute as flanker Lloyd finished off another powerful Malvern move.
Telford were understandably shell shocked, but managed to steady the ship a little for the next 10 minutes until an unfortunate injury to one of their players. Around 15 minutes into the half, however, the floodgates opened and Malvern ran in 6 more tries from Hardiman, Pass, May, Smedley, Hall and Dockery (all converted by Hardiman, who had brought his kicking boots today!). Telford did manage to get on the scoresheet with a converted try, but the half ended 54-7 to our lads.
The match only lasted a few minutes into the second half, when another try for Dockery, converted by Hardiman, brought the score to 61-7. Under Colts rules, when a score reaches a differential of 50 points, the option to end the game is offered to the losing side. Telford made the sensible decision to head for the warmth of the clubhouse and lick their wounds.
The game may have been one-sided, but we at Malvern are only too aware of what this feels like, with the boot having been on the other foot last season! Colts rugby tends to move in cycles, with only two age grades eligible to play and clubs very much dependent on having a consistent conveyor belt of players moving into the Colts as the older players move on. Telford will be back I am sure, and we will have to continue to work hard to keep up our level of quantity and quality in coming seasons.
Next up is Shrewsbury away on Sunday 3rd February. Each upcoming game is now of gathering importance, since our rivals Old Halesonians (who have beaten us twice this season by a combined total of 3 points!) failed to bag a bonus point in their match this weekend, opening a slim window of opportunity for us to still have a chance in the League. C'mon Vern!