Despite a gritty defensive performance, Malvern Colts went down 17-32 against Walsall at home in the North Mids Colts League. The opposition were pretty much all senior colts (U18s) against a much younger Malvern side, and their greater maturity and experience told in the match.
Walsall set their stall out early, playing a forward dominated game that resulted in an early try. Malvern hit back with a try from Wilding, playing in the unfamiliar position of fly half, which was converted by Watson. A penalty and two further tries (one converted) from Walsall, however, left Malvern trailing 7-20 at the break.
The Spring Lane youngsters came out of the blocks with intent in the second half, with two tries from Jonathan and Bannister against one more from Walsall bringing the score to 17-25. Malvern sniffed a chance, but were on the receiving end of a poor ref decision when hunting for another score, resulting in Walsall getting over the line again from the subsequent penalty. The conversion made the score 17-32 as the clock ran down.
With a number or lads playing out of position and facing a much older and more streetwise side, there were many positives to take out of this performance, and the scoreline flattered the opposition. Malvern have a tough trip away to Division Leaders Newport next Sunday, but are developing encouragingly each match.