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Malvern Town Res
Droitwich Spa Football Club
Full time
B Tilbury (66'), M Hunt (81')
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - Cup

Saltmen 2-1 Malvern Town Res

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Spa win County Cup for 4th time

It was hard work, but eventually Droitwich Spa overcame a resilient Malvern Town Reserves in the County Cup Final at Pershore.

The strong wind played a big part in proceedings and contributed to a poor game of football which won't live too long in the memory of the 250 odd supporters who were present.

Droitwich looked nervy through-out the first half, but did create the best chances, as early on Ben Tilbury hit the frame of the goal from the edge f the area, scooped another powerful effort over the bar, and Jack Allerton also missed the target when well positioned.

Malvern took a hold of the game forcing a string of corners, and took the lead on 21 minutes when matt oliver attempted to claim the ball at the near post, but the strong wind changed the direction of the ball which ended up in the Droitwich net direct from a corner.

Neither side created much until the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, however Spa struggled to create too many chances whilst at the other end matt oliver was a virtual spectator as the game petered out into a scrappy midfield battle.

Mark Owen and Wayne Oliver made three changes in quick succession by bringing on Brad Burgess, Max Crisp and Dan Cottrill, and this seemed to breathe some much needed new life into the game.

The equaliser soon followed as Ben Tilbury's free kick was once again helped by the the wind, which carried the ball through the Malvern 'keeper and into the net.

Spa then turned the screw and had Town pinned back in their own half for the majority of closing stages, and Matty Hunt rose highest from Jonny Brookes's deep free kick to head home at the near post with a little under 10 minutes to go to spark wild celebrations from the Droitwich fans.

Matty Hunt

Player of the Match

Matty Hunt

Key moments

66:00
Goal Ben Tilbury scores for Droitwich Spa Football Club
81:00
Goal Matty Hunt scores for Droitwich Spa Football Club

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Matty Hunt is awarded player of the match for Droitwich Spa Football Club
81:00 Assist
Jonathan Brooks makes an assist for Droitwich Spa Football Club
81:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matty Hunt scores for Droitwich Spa Football Club
69:00 Sub Off
Cory Rudd is substituted off for Droitwich Spa Football Club
69:00 Sub On
Max Crisp is substituted on for Droitwich Spa Football Club
66:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Tilbury scores for Droitwich Spa Football Club
59:00 Sub On
Bradley Burgess is substituted on for Droitwich Spa Football Club
59:00 Sub Off
Jack Davies is substituted off for Droitwich Spa Football Club
57:00 Sub Off
Jack Allerton is substituted off for Droitwich Spa Football Club
57:00 Sub On
Dan Cottrill is substituted on for Droitwich Spa Football Club
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As it happened

  • Malvern Town Res
  • Droitwich Spa Football Club
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  • Jack Allerton Sub Off 57:00'
  • Dan Cottrill Sub On 57:00'
  • Bradley Burgess Sub On 59:00'
  • Jack Davies Sub Off 59:00'
  • Ben Tilbury Goal 66:00'
  • Max Crisp Sub On 69:00'
  • Cory Rudd Sub Off 69:00'
  • Matty Hunt Goal 81:00'
  • Jonathan Brooks Assist 81:00'

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