MALVERN Town advanced to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase with a 4-1 victory over higher-ranked Tividale at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium on Saturday.
The Midland League Premier Division visitors had taken the lead early doors through Dan Smith before Nathan Hughes pulled the Hillsiders level before the break.
Impact substitute Matthew Turner fired Les Jones’ side ahead in the 66th minute before Dene Whittal-Williams added a third eight minutes later.
Sean Smith then rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute to send Malvern into the next round where they will travel to East Midlands Counties League outfit Birstall United on Saturday, September 24.
Manager Jones was pleased to see his side progress and heaped plenty of praise on Turner for his heroics from the bench over the past week.
Prior to his appearance in the FA Vase, Turner came off the bench to inspire the Hillsiders to a dramatic 5-3 victory over Smethwick from 3-1 down on Wednesday night (September 7)
Jones said: “Turner has made a big difference coming off the bench in the last two games and he’s always capable of doing that.
“I’m absolutely delighted with how he’s been performing and he’s certainly knocking on the door for a start next time out.
“I always thought if we could get ourselves in front on Saturday we would go on to win the game.
“Tividale got a lucky goal to go ahead but once we went 2-1 up there was only one side in the game.
“We should have won against Rocester in the FA Cup and it’s a result which really irks me so to see us beat Tividale in the Vase was good to see.”
Malvern were due to return to league action last night (Tuesday) at second-from-bottom Dudley Sports.
The Hillsiders go into the game third in the West Midlands (Regional) Premier Division table knowing a win will put them second and five points behind leaders Wolverhampton Sporting Community.