Malvern Town got their new season underway with a 1-1 draw away to Westfields in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

Harry Clarks first half goal was cancelled out by an early second half goal from the homeside’s Joe Davis.

Malvern had the man advantage for the second half after Westfield’s keeper Ian Havard was sent off shortly before the break.

However, Town were unable to capitalise and will take just the one point from their season opener.

Malvern’s first chance saw Dave Reynolds find Clark with a fantastic ball, Clark set up Joe Bullock but his shot was saved by the hosts keeper.

Westfields had their own opportunity moments later, Sam Hunt breaking into the area before finding Harrison Iddles whose strike was blocked by Jay Saunston.

Malvern found the opener not long after the quarter-hour mark, Clark cutting inside before tucking home to open his tally.

Town keeper Keiron Blackburn was soon after forced into a fine save to keep out Richard Greaves’ swooping header.

After some desperate defending not long before the halfway point, Malvern were able to break through Matt Turner who was hacked down by Havard who was shown red.

Town headed into the break a goal and a man up.

Unfortunately the lead did not survive long into the second half, Westfields coming back into the match with intent piling on the pressure as Joe Davis found the equaliser with 48 minutes gone.

Malvern came close to regaining the lead soon after, Dave Reynolds beating the keeper but his effort could only rattle the base of the post.

Town continued to make the most of the man advantage, Turners seeing his shot flash wide before he was able to square the ball to Lewis Platt whose strike was too weak to challenge the hosts back-up keeper.

Both sides continued to hunt for that all important winner but the score remained 1-1 as the referee drew the game to a close.

Malvern Town lineup: Blackburn (GK), Smith, Platt, A. Sauntson, J. Sauntson, L. Loader, Bullock, Reynolds, Clark, Bates, Turner (J. Febery 80).

Subs not used: Timmins, Chowns Higgs, Parker, J. Loader.

Booking(s): Smith, Platt

Goal(s): Clark