MATCH PREVIEW: Malvern Town (A)

Malvern Town v Yate Town – Saturday 6th January – 3PM Kick Off

Yate Town travel to Malvern Town on Saturday for their first away game of 2024 following a mixed Christmas / New Year period with 3 games seeing the Bluebells pick up just 2 points with draws at home to Bashley and Bristol Manor Farm and a narrow defeat at Paulton Rovers.
Bristol City loanee Callum Hutton has returned to his parent club having scored 3 goals in 10 appearances for the Bluebells and the club wishes him all the very best in his future career.

However, Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, has added three players to his squad during the week with the additions of Joe Guest & Nick McCootie from Taunton Town & James Taylor from Truro who is on loan till the end of the season and this will only bolster the squad ahead of a very busy month coming up with Tuesday night games at home to Larkhall (9th January) and Tavistock AFC (30th January) added to the fixture list following the postponements of the original fixtures due to the wet weather.

The New Year’s day game against Bristol Manor Farm was a close affair with the Bluebells only minutes away from a much needed victory before the visitors equalised and all Bluebells fans will be hoping that the revamped team will be able to add to their points tally at Malvern.

Our Opponents
Malvern Town first ever visit to Yate took place back on August 16th and the newly promoted side from the Hellenic League soon found themselves 3-0 up with first half goals from Jospeh Davies, Harry Clarke and Jordan Annear but an eventful second half saw Yate Town miss a penalty taken by George Box and score two goals through Dylan Lewis and Sam Pashen but it was not enough to secure a point as Malvern recorded their first win of the season despite having had two players, Curtis Smith and Lewis Platt sent off in the second half.

After taking some time to settle into the higher level of football, despite that early win at Yate, Malvern (The Hillsiders) have started to find their feet and recent wins against Bemerton, Mousehole, Bashley and Willand saw them climb the table but after these four wins on the bounce they then lost 1-3 at Bideford just prior to Christmas and then lost again 2-3 at home to Evesham on Boxing Day in front of an excellent crowd of 645. Malvern had been 0-2 down at half-time, having had Lewis Spurrier sent off after 17 minutes, but two goals from Jack Watts brought then level before Evesham scored an injury time winner through Charles Wise.

On New Years Day, Malvern visited Cribbs and lost 1-2. They conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes but a late goal from Ben Hayes proved to be only a consolation. Jack Watts is their leading goal scorer with 10 League goals with Jordan Annear on seven.
Malvern currently sit in 12th position in the table having won 6 of their 19 League games gaining 22 points. Their matches have seen plenty of goals with Malvern scoring 38 but conceding 39.
Malvern had a 3G pitch installed in the middle of season 2019/20, including upgrading their facilities.

Travelling to Malvern
Address: Malvern Town FC, HDAnywhere Community Stadium, Langland Avenue, Malvern, West Midlands WR14 2EQ.

If you are travelling by car, go up the M5 and leave at Junction 8 to join the M50. Leave the M50 at Junction 1 (Signposted Malvern/Tewkesbury A38) and follow the sign for A38 Malvern. Stay on the A38 until you reach the junction with the A4104 (Signposted Upton-upon-Severn) and turn left. After crossing over the River Severn, turn right onto the B4211 (signposted Hanley Castle) and stay on this road until you reach the village of Rhydd. Turn left at Rhydd onto the B4211 and pass through the village of Guarlford. Upon entering Barnard’s Green, you will encounter an unusual junction, you need to take the third exit (Pickersleigh Road) and halfway up Pickersleigh road turn right into Sherard’s Green Road. Go straight on at the junction, entering Langland Avenue. The ground will be on your right. The 54-mile journey from Yate should take about 1 hour 10 minutes.