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Your News South Leicester 27 - Malvern 19

The expected heavy rain did not occur but play took place in heavy and blustery wind which was mercifully mainly across the pitch but just favoured South Leicester in the first half.

South Leicester kicked off, gained possession but were penalised for not releasing. Malvern kicked to touch and after recycling twice fed Ryan Henshaw to break the line into the home 22. The ball was spilled forward in the tackle and South were able to clear their line.

Five minutes in, Malvern were guilty of going off their feet at the breakdown and were punished by a well struck penalty by home stand-off Matt Lord. 3 – 0

From the restart South broke out of their 22 and played the ball through numerous hands to take the ball into the Malvern half but were penalised for not releasing the ball after the tackle.

Malvern kicked for touch and applied pressure over several phases forcing a line-out on the home 5m line. South were forced to carry over their line and from the subsequent scrum Malvern released their backs only for South to be penalised for killing the ball. The 11th minute penalty from in front of the posts was missed by Dimond. The drop out by Matt Lord was angled down wind and was not taken by Malvern making touch 50m up field.

On 26 minutes, South won a line out and spun the ball out to their bulky right wing, Griffin, who broke two tackles to score in the corner. Lord converted to make the score 10 – 0.

The restart saw Malvern up the pressure and force Lord to kick poorly to Hooper who countered beating the initial chasers before feeding the supporting Pimlow who glided past four defenders without a man laying a hand on him to score by the posts. Inexplicably Dimond missed the 29th minute conversion from in front of the posts to leave the score at 10 – 5

South tried to take the game to Malvern but the visitor’s back row were in prime form breaking up attacks and forcing turnovers and penalties. On 36 minutes the South blind-side flanker was sin-binned for killing the ball in an effort to stem the pressure applied by Malvern. Hooper was next to miss from the subsequent penalty.

However Malvern were determined to make the numerical advantage count and went onto the attack. Henshaw again broke the line only to knock-on in contact. The ball shot out of the retreating home scrum and Hobbs was quickest to seize the ball and feed the back line. Centre Martin broke the line and went over in the tackle. The referee declared that the ball was held-up and awarded a 5m attacking scrum. Jones picked up, fed Gwynne who put in Henshaw to make amends with a try in the corner. Into a near gale Hooper missed the conversion. 10 – 10

Malvern kicked off the 2nd half deep with a strong wind at their backs but were unable to capitalise due to a mixture of poor tactical and place kicking. From a defensive scrum Malvern were put under severe pressure without the grunt provided by the injured Hynes and a poor pass back toward the back line was fly-hacked straight into the hands of stand-off Lord who fed centre Thomas to score un-opposed. Lord collects 2 points for the conversion and after 15 minutes of the half South were back in the lead 17 – 10.

Malvern redoubled their efforts and reduced the arrears to 17 – 13 through a Huw Dimond penalty. This seemed to spark Malvern into life and a combination of cutting counter attacking from Hooper and Clee with strong forward support earned two more penalties which were duly converted to leave the score at 19-17 to the visitors.

Sadly the inconsistency and misfortune that has dogged Malvern this year then resurfaced when hooker Greenwood was forced off with an ankle injury and the un-well Chesham had to take the field as from row replacement, Joe Ling going to hooker. This reduced the line-out effectiveness and the confusion spread through the ranks as poor clearance kicks put the Malvern line under pressure.

South, already galvanised by going behind could scent an unlikely victory. Good runs by full back Lang from increasingly desperate clearance kicks by Malvern brought constant pressure. Good interplay and driving by the home forwards made an opening for centre Thomas to score his second try with 5 minutes to go. Lord was awarded the conversion although the ball sailed wide of the posts. 24 - 19

In the final minutes Malvern’s scrum was under pressure, so they tried running everything. Inevitably Hooper was caught in possession and Lord scored from the penalty.

Malvern were left to rue another missed opportunity with a kicking return of 3 from 8 (against South’s 5 from 5) proving costly. Attention now returns to this week’s must-win home game against Longton, kick off 3.00p.m. at Spring Lane.

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