MALVERN Town let a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2 at Chipping Sodbury Town on Tuesday night.

A double from Harry Clark put the Hillsiders in the driving seat before a second half comeback from the home side saw them go home empty handed.

The result, Town’s second loss this season, leaves them third in the Hellenic League Premier Division, four points off top spot.

Malvern started strong with a couple of early corners that came to nothing before an inviting free kick into the danger zone by Louis Loader saw Joe Bullock direct his effort wide.

A foul on Joe Bates gave Town a free kick right on the edge of the area as Loader’s effort was blocked by the defensive wall before Bates’ follow-up was deflected away.

The home side saw a corner find its way through to Connor Waldon who dragged wide from a good position.

They would rue that miss as Malvern took the lead with 31 minutes on the clock, Loader’s free kick came to Clark who found the net from distance.

Town continued to press and doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time with Clark scoring his second of the day.

Chipping Sodbury reduced the deficit shortly after the break, Sol Pryce converting from the penalty spot.

Loader, Turner and Bates all had efforts miss the target before the homeside equalised with just twenty minutes to go, Pryce bagging a second with a curled effort from the edge of the box.

It was double whammy as the hosts scored again just two minutes later, Waldon making up for his earlier miss as he scored from the rebound after Lewis Platt’s initial goalline block.

Malvern went chasing a goal with Clark coming close to completing his hattrick however there was to be one final blow for the Hillsiders with Loader being removed from the pitch after letting his temper get the better of him.

Speaking after the game, manager Lee Hooper said: “Thank you to those who made the long trip on Tuesday night; we will be doing all we can to give you something to cheer about on Saturday and get back into winning ways.

“Having come up into this League during the summer, we are still very handily-placed after 12 games. We’re very much in amongst the leading pack and it gives us a platform on which to build.”