MALVERN Town came home from Tuffley Rovers with a deserved 3-0 win.

Town came out of the blocks in a positive fashion and within the opening minute Phil Harris played a probing ball which saw the keeper get there just ahead of Joe Bates.

With three minutes on the clock, Bates was brought down inside the area for a penalty which Matt Turner tucked home to open the scoring.

As the home side looked to get into their stride, Denness-Barrett was crowded out as he looked to progress into the area.

A free-kick out wide picked out the head of Bates who was off target with his attempt and then another free-kick in a promising position was fired well over by Dave Reynolds.

The home side went close on the 25-minute mark as Basford fired into the side-netting and then a free-kick into the danger zone caused concern as it went wide.

A neat move ended with Bates seeing his strike from the edge of the area well pushed over by the ‘keeper as the resulting corner was scrambled clear.

Malvern doubled their advantage on 37 minutes when Reynolds curled home a beauty from distance after Bates was clattered in the build-up as we won the ball back from the home side.

As the clock ticked down at the end of the half, town applied the pressure as Bates saw a free-kick well saved and then Jay Sauntson had an effort saved as Lewis Platt delivered a teasing ball into the area.

The second period started with a neat turn and strike from Bates that was deflected inches wide.

Some good approach play down the left ended with Joe Bullock firing over but Malvern managed to extend the lead in the next raid as Turner fed Bates who finished confidently.

The game became scrappy as the half went on with clear-cut chances at a premium at either end.

A corner for the home side was cleared off the line by Matt Reeve as Malvern Town protected their clean sheet to secure a worthy win.