JOINT-BOSS Lee Hooper was a happy man after Malvern Town opened the new West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division season with a 3-0 victory over rivals Pershore Town.
Matt Pinder opened the scoring in the 37th minute when he was on hand to sweep the ball home following some clever trickery from Matt Turner to unlock the Pershore defence.
The Hillsiders doubled their lead after 66 minutes, courtesy of Harry Clark who neatly lofted the ball over the visiting keeper after latching on to Louis Loader’s throughball.
Matt Fusco then completed the scoring 12 minutes from time when he beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper and slotted home into an empty net as Pershore’s first taste of the WMRL since their sideways switch from Midland League Division One ended in a crushing defeat.
“Everything we worked on in training and during our pre-season matches was brought out in the match,” said Hooper.
“We worked hard for our clean sheet from front to back and we were never really under serious pressure.
“We took our goals well and it was nice to see the new lads and youngsters all buying in to what we are trying to do here.”
Up next for Malvern is a trip to Midland League Premier Division outfit Boldmere St Michaels in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The winners will receive £2,250 for their efforts and will be rewarded with a home tie against Racing Club Warwick or Coleshill Town in the preliminary round on Saturday, August 25.
The losers bag £750.
“Hopefully we can feed off the performance against Pershore this weekend in the FA Cup,” said Hooper.
“Boldmere are a level above us so it will be a good test but one which we will relish and face with determination.”