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Your News Malvern 20 - London Irish Wild Geese 24

Malvern came back from last weeks drubbing at Chippenham full of resolve to run the team at the top very close at Spring Lane. Surviving the initial pressure from the men in green, Malvern displayed good ball retention and forced a line out 10metres from the Irish line. A poor throw in was missed by the Irish and Tom Longley was on hand to burst through the gap and pick up to score with Adam Dixon picking up the extra two points. However, some indecision at the restart saw Irish gain possession and drive quickly upfield for hooker Justin Oro-Campus to score and Ed Keohane to level the points tally. Securing the ball from the restart, Irish showed why they have been at the top of the table all season as some incisive passing and support play saw them leave the Malvern defence flat footed as full back Matt Betty joined the line to put them further ahead and Keohanes boot again made sure of the conversion. As the men from Sunbury continued to press Malverns defence was severely tested but they held out and started to come back into the game. The pressure finally told when Malvern were awarded a penalty which Longley put over with ease and brought them back within striking distance. Just before half time Longley was cynically taken out by centre Liam Prescott, who was shown the red card for his troubles, and Dixons penalty brought Malvern back to within a point at the break.

The Irish decided to take the play to Malvern from the restart and after several unsuccessful attempts at breaking the line were awarded a penalty which Keohane put over. With Malvern making the extra man tell the Irish looked as though they might wilt, but a poor clearance failed to find touch and the Irish built on this to feed tricky winger Fraser Carlisle, who went in at the corner, the sure-footed Keohane again making certain of the extra 2 points. From then on it was all Malvern as the pack held the ball well and made forays into Irish territory. With 20 minutes left Nick Miller intercepted a pass and ran 50 metres to score and Longley put over the conversion to bring Malvern back to within 4 points of the Irish total. As the crowd roared Malvern on they repeatedly attacked the Irish line, only being kept out by some desperate defence as the visitors held out until the final whistle.

The result put Irish back on top of the table, and whilst Malvern were disappointed only to come away with a losing bonus point, indications are that things are starting to build under the coaching team headed by Nick Tisdale. With an away game in the New Year to bottom side Maidenhead followed by two games against high riding Weston super Mare and Newton Abbott, January will be a testing time, but Tisdale is confident that the team are developing the right attitude and that the results will come.

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