Malmesbury Victoria boss Andy Wicks praised his side for their display in ‘horrendous’ conditions.

The Vics won 5-2 against a struggling Tytherington Rocks on Saturday.

Shane Bumphrey scored a hat-trick while Jamie Packer and Josh Hughes also got on the scoresheet.

Malmesbury went 2-0 but before Tytherington scored a dubious goal just before half time.

The Vics went 5-1 up in the second half before the hosts scored a consolation goal late on.

Wicks was pleased with how his team coped in the conditions but also had praise for Tytherington’s spirit in the second half.

“I was impressed with the boys,” said Wicks.

“The conditions were awful, absolutely horrendous.

“We got two early goals before they got one back, although it was about five yards offside.

“We got to half time and then we pushed on second half.

“The lads rolled their sleeves up and got the goals.

“I was also impressed with Tytherington as well because they had the conditions against them second half which made a difference.

“I don’t mean to sound patronising, but I was pleased they got their second goal.

“Had they made it 5-3 it would have been an interesting final ten minutes but fair play to them because most teams would have rolled over at 5-1 down but it was a fair result in the end.”

The win moved Malmesbury up to fifth in Hellenic League Division One West.

They are just five points off second with 19 points.

The Vics were scheduled to play North Leigh United in the Supplementary Cup on Tuesday night but it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and Wicks was cursing his luck as he had a strong squad available.

“With Injuries, suspensions or work commitments have meant we always have a different squad from a Saturday to a Tuesday,” explained Wicks.

“This time we actually had 17 available for Supplementary Cup game against North Leigh so it was sods law that it was called off.”

Malmesbury’s next game is at home to Newent Town on Saturday, December 29 in the league.