Malmesbury............. 8

Pewsey Vale............ 0

Malmesbury Victoria boss Andy Wicks says he doesn’t want to play cup matches after he saw his in-form side thrash Pewsey Vale on Saturday.

The Vics have won their last four games and have scored 27 goals in the process as they’ve built real momentum in the league.

Wicks was in awe of Malmesbury’s performance and was particularly impressed with how they handled the conditions on a sodden day but was frustrated by the fact they can’t follow it up with another league game to continue their push up the table.

“It was a great performance in horrendous conditions,” said Wicks.

“Our pitch was touch and go so fair play to the officials, but it was like what we used to play on 20 years ago.”

“It was some of the best football I’ve seen in a long time.

“We handled the conditions better than them and we really got into them and it was a joy to watch, we were on fire.

“We’ve got Holyport in the Supplementary Cup next but cup matches can go away to be honest, we’re building momentum in the league and we want to keep that going, the boys don’t get up for it compared to the league.”

Andy Baker scored a hat-trick for Malmesbury while Shane Bumphrey and Alfie Moxam both scored a brace.

Jamie Packer completed the list of scorers during another goal fest as The Vics climbed to fourth in Hellenic League Division One West.

With the likes of Bumphrey and Baker firing on all cylinders, Wicks admitted he wouldn’t be surprised if he was to receive a phone call saying seven days has been put in for one of his players.

“I’m half expecting phone calls,” he said.

“There’s a few lads who could go higher.

“Our young lads are thriving as well and it’s so exciting to watch.”

“The real test for us is if we do go up.”

Given Malmesbury’s recent goalscoring exploits and the fact that they are the highest scoring team in the division with 69 goals in 14 games, it’s understandable that the strikers have had a lot of attention but Wicks was particularly keen to single out his defence who have conceded just four goals in their last four games.

“We’ve defended so well,” he commented.

“I’ve had a bit of stick from the lads because I haven’t mentioned the defence but they’re bang right., they were immense on Saturday.”