THREE goals in ten first half minutes helped Malvern Town condemn Bewdley Town to a heavy defeat in the West Midlands Regional League on Saturday.
After falling behind, Town struck three times before the break as Ben Hayes, Bryan Craven and Ben Cullity netted in a thrilling spell.
Matthew Turner scored the winning spot-kick in Malvern’s penalty shoot-out against Bewdley in the WFA Senior Urn last week and he was on handed to complete the rout in the second half.
Following their cup victory over their opponents, Malvern looked to use that momentum as Turner ran down the left and played the ball to Craven. He then rounded his defender, but his shot was saved by keeper Nathan Drew.
And with ten minutes on the clock, the home team took the lead as Liam Williams’ 25 yards strike curled into the top far corner of the net.
Town almost fell further behind on the quarter of an hour mark as the ball skidded on the ground, beating Chas Weaver, but Lee Barmby got back to clear it off the line.
This seemed to be a wake-up call for Malvern as they found the equaliser on the 30th minnute. Craven took a free kick which made its way through to Hayes who fired it home from an acute angle.
Four minutes later and Town edged ahead as a mix-up in the Bewdley box, with Drew failing to claim the ball, allowed Craven to tapped it in.
Matters were going from bad to worse for the home side as Les Jones’ men made it 3-1 moments later. Hayes fired in a shot from around 20 yards which squeezed out of Drew’s hands and Cullity slotted the ball home.
And Bewdley then lost their keeper as Drew collided with Turner after the ball was played into the box and he was unable to continue.
Drew’s replacement, Keelan Monger, was then beaten by Turner on the hour mark, but the livewire forward failed to find the finish as his effort went wide.
Bewdley went close with a 45-yard free kick from Chris Seekings which went narrowly over the bar, but in the 74th minute Malvern scored their fourth.
Another good movement by the visitors saw them work the ball up the right to Reece King who fed it into the path of Turner who found the back of the net.