MALVERN Town’s season finally kicked into gear as they raced to victory over struggling Tipton Town at the HDanywhere Community Stadium last Saturday.
Lee Hooper netted four while Matthew Turner and Sam Rathbone also got on the score-sheet as Malvern celebrated their first win of the West Midlands Regional League campaign.
The bumper home win was a welcomed boost for Les Jones’ side who had been on a run of three successive defeats, including a 5-0 loss to Sporting Khalsa in the FA Cup.
Despite their disappointing run of form, Malvern began with a bang against Tipton as they quickly opened the scoring with a goal from Hooper.
The striker almost doubled his lead on the 21st minute, but his header was saved on the line as the visitors managed to survive Town’s onslaught until half-time.
But the hosts continued to crank up the pressure and eight minutes after the interval they got their second. Hooper hit the post with his first effort, but fortunately the ball made its way back to him and he applied the finishing touch.
This was quickly followed by a third as Turner found the back of the net before he was brought down in the box.
The defender who made the foul received a second yellow card and Hooper then piled more misery on Tipton with his third and Malvern’s fourth.
Hooper was having an afternoon to remember as he added to his account moments later when he turned home Cullity’s corner.
With ten minutes left, Rathbone’s shot cannoned off the crossbar after rounding keeper Matthew Martin. But Rathbone did not have to wait long to score as he struck from close range to complete the rout.