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28th Jun, 2022

Jones praises returning Platt and Evans after pair get on scoresheet in Malvern Town's 3-0 win over Dudley Town

BOSS Les Jones hailed the return of Kyonn Evans and Lewis Platt after the pair were both on the scoresheet in Malvern Town’s 3-0 home win over Dudley Town at the weekend.

Evans, who joined the Hillsiders from Littleton in the summer, departed the HDAnywhere Community Stadium for Midland League Premier Division outfit Worcester City last month.

However, with first team chances limited, Evans has signed on a dual registration and returned with a bang on Saturday as his two goals ensured Malvern got back to winning ways in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division.

Platt, who was also struggling for game time at Herefordshire side Westfields, marked his return with a fine strike in the 70th minute as Malvern moved up to fourth in the table.

“It was a brilliant return for the two lads,” said Jones. “You could tell they were both a little bit rusty but after 20 minutes they settled down and were a threat all game.

“It’s a shame Kyonn missed a penalty to get his hat-trick but you could not have asked for a better start on his return.”

Midfielder Louis Loader, who left for Cirencester Town in pre-season, was also back in a Malvern shirt on Saturday and Jones believes his return is key to the Hillsiders fighting for the title this year.

“Louis is a quality midfielder,” he said. “He has got a great range of passing and brings that aggression which is needed from an attacking midfielder.

“To have him as well as Kyonn and Lewis back on the books is a huge boost for us.

“There was immense disappointment when they left but we were overjoyed to get them back in a Malvern shirt.”

Malvern make the trip to Shropshire side Ellesmere Rangers on Saturday and Jones is expected to welcome defender Dene Whittal-Williams and forward Josh Weatherby back into the squad.

“Ellesmere are always a tough nut to crack at their place but we will do our best to go over there and pick up our eighth win in ten games,” added Jones.

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