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WILTSHIRE SENIOR CUP: Misery for Malmesbury as Highworth hit eight

HIGHWORTH Town proved too strong for Mamlesbury Vics as the Hellenic Premier outfit hammered their Division One West counterparts 8-0 in the Wilts Senior Cup, writes KEVIN BRIDGEMAN.

Wiltshire Times: Highworth's Matty Bennett in control against Malmesbury Highworth's Matty Bennett in control against Malmesbury

Former Highworth Reserves boss Gareth Davies arrived at The Elms with a new-look Malmesbury team which included new signings Warren Fuller, James Townsend and Tom Valentine.

But it was Highworth who dominated the early exchanges and took the lead on 14 minutes when Toby Clark latched onto Sam Wadieh’s header inside the box to finish well.

Richie Saunders then notched a first-half double to give the home side a convincing 3-0 lead at the break.

Fuller had Malmesbury’s best chance of the game four minutes into the second half but fired wide from just six yards out.

The resulting goal kick fell at the feet of TJ Bohane who made no mistake in extending Highworth’s advantage.

Three minutes later and it was five when Bohane turned provider to slot in Matty Horsell from 10 yards.

Saunders completed a well-deserved hat-trick on the hour, Bohane again with the assist.

Full-back Rory Sproule got on the scoresheet on 66 minutes, heading home from Horsell’s corner before Bohane rounded off the scoring on 71 minutes with a delightful lob from 25 yards.

Highworth boss John Fisher claimed the gulf between the two sides was clearly evident on the day, saying: “The squad we had out today was the best we have had out all season. The second half they just couldn’t live with our movement and pace.

“Me and Kev (Maloney) have worked hard to get this squad together this season and we’re hopeful that things will pan out okay.”

Malmesbury counterpart Gareth Davies still can’t put his finger on his side’s problematic start to the season.

He said: “I just really don’t know what’s happening, we changed the formation to try and flood the midfield and stop them playing but that didn’t happen so we changed it after 20 and put Ryan Welland up front with Fuller.

“Poor marking and silly mistakes cost us again today, poor communication and juvenile mistakes.

“We’ve had a chat and said their boys are vastly more experienced and we have to try and take the positives.”

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