MALVERN Rangers made the short trip to Hallow on Saturday for this Worcester League Premier Division fixture and although their unbeaten run was extended to four games, their performance was disappointing.


Once again they were solid in defence, but showed very little as an attacking force.

With only 12 players to choose from, manager Roger Kitchener had to shuffle his side, with Steve Hodges moving into the sweeper role and strikers Lee Brookes, Simon Rea and Chris Davis making up the majority of the midfield. As the score line suggests, the game was very short of incident.

In fact the highlight of the afternoon was the splendid roast potatoes after the game!

Hallow came closest to scoring in the first half when one of their forwards hit the post following a defensive mix up.

Shortly afterwards Rangers had their best effort of the half. Simon Rea won the ball and dribbled past three defenders. As he approached the opposing penalty area he elected to pass to Rob Perrins instead of shoot, and Perrins' shot went wide of the post.

The second half only came to life in the last 15 minutes. Substitute David Beats was played clear on goal, but his shot was easily saved by the keeper. Then Lee Brookes ran onto a Roger Kitchener throw in, beat two defenders, but his lob went well wide of the target.

Hallow almost snatched the points in the final minutes when Mick Bryant's initial shot was saved well by Phil Birch and his follow up shot went into the side netting.

Man of the Match was Steve Hodges.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Rangers, sponsored by the Three Horseshoes, play hosts to bottom of the table Crown & Anchor. Players to meet at Victoria Park 2pm, kick off 3pm.