MALVERN Town shot up to second in the West Midlands League Premier Division with a 2-0 win at AFC Bridgnorth.

Les Jones' side extended their unbeaten record in the competition to 11 games thanks to goals from Joshua Hunt and Sam Rathbone in either half.

The strikes had elements of luck though with the first arriving on just three minutes when Hunt closed down keeper Connor Hopkins and the ball flew off the forward into the net.

Then 11 minutes from time the ball was played over the defence and Rathbone challenged Hopkins for the ball with the keeper's kick hitting the substitute.

The ball slowly rolled into the net and an attempted sliding clearance on the line could not save Bridgnorth.

Malvern attacked uphill in the first period and quickly went ahead.

Town looked for more goals and Shaun Smith's header from a Louis Loader corner grazed the top of the bar.

Hopkins held onto Loader's 28th-minute free-kick before Lewis Platt miscued his shot wide from Kyonn Evans' pass.

Evans then found himself one-on-one with Hopkins but delayed his shot and the keeper saved with his legs.

Two minutes before the break, Bridgnorth went close when Karl Griffiths broke free on the right and tried to chip Charlie Weaver but the ball grazed the bar on its way over.

In a second half of few chances, Platt's final touch was too heavy as he looked to get clear of the defence.

He then had only Hopkins to beat on 71 minutes but could not find the net.

Bridgnorth had several moments either side of Malvern's second goal with substitute Samuel Taylor firing across goal and Weaver pushing away Jason Pike's free-kick in the final minute.

Malvern, who are two points behind leaders Black Country Rangers with four games in hand, entertain 12th-placed Bilston Town Community in the league on Saturday (3pm).

The under 21s are without a game after drawing 2-2 with Westfields Reserves in the Herefordshire FA County League Premier Division last weekend.

Henry Dyde and Dave Solway netted for Town.