HELLENIC LEAGUE: Malmesbury boss upbeat despite heavy defeat

This Is Wiltshire: Malmesbury boss Gareth Davies Malmesbury boss Gareth Davies

MALMESBURY Victoria manager Gareth Davies remained philosophical after watching his side thrashed by Lydney Town on Saturday.

The Severnsiders 7-0 success over the young Vics team secured the Gloucestershire outfit promotion from Hellenic League Division One West, but Davies said it could have a been a lot worse.

“If it wasn’t for (goalkeeper) Mike Alexander it could have be a lot, lot worse,” Davies said. “He saved a penalty and also made a lot of good saves.

“But it was a learning curve for all of us. We went there we only 12 players and I was the 12th man and our oldest player on the pitch was 21.

“We were vastly inexperienced against a good side, but there were some positives to take from the match.”

The game at Lydney was stopped for nearly 30 minutes after Vics’ Josh Langley collided with keeper Danny Morgan. Langley was taken to hospital with a spinal injury but was released later on Saturday evening.

“It was a whiplash type injury,” Davies said. “But with spinal injuries you cannot take any chances so we waited for the ambulance.

“The good news is that he is OK and was released from hospital on Saturday night.”

Now Davies will have to pick his side up for today’s clash with Carterton who head to the Flying Monk Ground on the back of a 2-1 success over Letcombe.

“We will have six players back for Carterton,” Davies said. “I’m hoping that I won’t need to do much to fire the players up.

“We played them a couple of weeks ago and it was a feisty affair so that should be a bit of motivation.”

Fairford Town will enjoy an Easter Monday off following their 3-2 win at Easington Sports.

Dan Bailey opened the scoring for the Cinder Lane side to send them in at the break 1-0 up, before Henry Traas doubled the advantage.

Andrew Stidder and James McMahon pulled Easington level before Matt Boucher netted a dramatic late winner.

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