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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Clanfield have too much for the Vics
6:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
STRUGGLING Malmesbury Vics were soundly beaten 3-0 by Division One West promotion hopefuls Clanfield on Saturday, writes KEVIN BRIDGEMAN.
Vics struggled to get into the game in the first period and went behind on 13 minutes.
A reckless tackle from Brad Stanners - which earned the right-back a yellow card - led to a free kick wide on the left that was sent in by Steve Olphert and headed home by the unmarked James Flemming.
The home side struggled to create any kind of chance until a minute before the break when Luke Cordery robbed Clanfield’s centre-half and swung in a cross, but Scott Chilcott’s header crashed against the bar and was cleared.
Malmesbury started brightly in the second period and were unlucky on 54 minutes when good work from Ryan Welland led to him pulling the ball back for Daniel Thomson, who volleyed just wide from the edge of the area.
This was then followed by six crazy minutes which was started when former Vics striker Jack Ellis split the defence with a delightful ball which sent Craig Mays through one-on-one, but home keeper Joe Snell saved well with his legs.
Two minutes later Ellis headed against the post from a corner and was then taken out in the box with another wild tackle from Stanners, which earned him his second yellow card.
The resulting penalty was blazed over the bar and Snell again did superbly to deny Flemming who only had the keeper to beat from three yards out with a fantastic reflex save.
The game was sewn up in the final five minutes with Ollie Oswin bundling home from close range before Craig Mays finished after being put clean through again.
Malmesbury boss Gareth Davies was disappointed after the game, saying: “We don’t start games well, juvenile mistakes are costing us all over the park.
“After last Saturday we asked for a reaction and didn’t get it. The boys know we expect a lot more from them.
“Everyone’s had a fair crack at the whip and I’ve got no choice but to freshen things up, I look at our potential and everyone is so technically good, but I can’t put my finger on what’s going on.
“We have irons in the fire with potential new signings and changes will be made before next week’s game against Highworth. ”
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