BEN HAYES bagged a hat-trick as Malvern secured an impressive victory at Bromyard, but it was home goalkeeper Dean Smith’s memorable goal which was the talk of the town.
Les Jones’ side clinched back-to-back league wins thanks to Hayes’ three goals, Dave Reynolds’ brace and Bryan Craven’s first half strike.
However, the match will be remembered for Smith’s sensational strike. With 12 minutes to go and with Malvern leading 3-1, Smith produced a superb free-kick from just in front of the halfway line which sailed over Chas Weaver’s head and into the back of the net.
Malvern refused to let the wonder goal derail them, though, as Reynolds netted before Hayes struck twice in the dying moments to complete his hat-trick.
Town started slowly which allowed Bromyard to take the initiative as they forced Weaver into an early save before John Weatherby fired home the opener on the 22nd minute.
Weatherby almost scored a second moments later as he broke through the defence, but his shot hit the post as Weaver narrowed the angle.
This proved to be a wake up call for Malvern as Smith pushed Matthew Turner’s volley over the bar before Hayes’ effort was deflected out for a corner.
The equaliser then came on the 32nd minute when Reynolds ran through midfield and unleashed a shot from 25 yards which flew into the net.
Malvern were now in the ascendancy and they took just five minutes of the second half to take the lead. The ball was played out to Hayes who ran toward the line and sent in a low cross for Craven who tapped in.
Town’s best move of the match then made it 3-1 on the 62nd minute. Hayes finished off the five-man move as he beat Smith with a low shot into the far corner on the 62nd minute.
Smith was having a busy afternoon in between Bromyard’s sticks, but on the 78th minute he produced a moment he will probably never forget.
After giving away a free-kick 40 yards out, Town and keeper Weaver were expecting a cross from Smith, but his opposite number instead let fly and saw his ambitious effort go in.
This could have inspired Bromyard, but Malvern reclaimed their two-goal advantage on the 84th minute when Reynolds’ snap shot went in.
Bromyard reduced the deficit again when Weatherby headed home a cross, but Malvern responded in the first minute of added time to virtually seal the tie.
Jack Cullity’s cross found Hayes who cut inside and fired in a low shot across Smith. Hayes then capped off an impressive performance with his third as he produced a brilliant run before hitting a thunderbolt high into the roof of the net.