WEST Malvern travelled to Fernhill Heath Spurs in the Phipps Cup on Saturday and scored four goals for the first time this season.


Once again they were forced to make late changes due to players being unavailable but, in a game played in pouring rain and a biting wind, they came away with a good result.

The first half saw West Malvern striving for an early lead but failing to make the most of the chances that they created.

West Malvern finally broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when a free-kick from 25 yards by Dougie Hawes sailed into the top of the net.

Fernhill Heath responded strongly and in the 61st minute they equalised. Their joy was short lived because in the 62nd minute, a long ball down field found Dougie Hawes who challenged the keeper and bundled the ball home.

West Malvern continued to apply the pressure and from a corner Dave Kelm headed home. In the 75th minute Fernhill Heath reduced the arrears again when a long ball caught the West Malvern back four flat-footed and the home striker raced on to score.

West Malvern rallied and playing some of their best football went back to two goals in front when Mitchell Probert broke through and drove the ball home.

Under the circumstances and the poor conditions, it was a good entertaining game and West Malvern came away worthy winners.

Tomorrow (Saturday) West Malvern, sponsored by Amey and the Cross Keys, travel to Powick in a rearranged league fixture. Players meet 1.15pm Eurohaus or 1.45pm at the Powick ground.

On February 19, West Malvern travel to Martley in the semi-final of the Martley Cup.