MALVERN Town made it three wins out of three on the road in the space of seven days with a hard-earned 3-1 success at Wem Town.

James Febery, Dave Reynolds and Harry Clark got on the scoresheet in the West Midlands League Premier Division triumph.

It follows victories at Black Country Rangers and Haughmond and sees Malvern remain in the top four.

Co-manager Lee Hooper paid tribute to Town’s supporters after his side’s hat-trick of away wins. “After arriving late due to the M5 being closed, our preparation wasn’t perfect,” Hooper said.

“It contributed to what was a slow start to the game as we had Adam Sauntson to thank for a goal-line clearance early on.

“We started to grow into the game as time went on. Harry was starting to give their full-back a torrid time and was a constant threat out wide.

“The opening goal arrived from James and it settled us down; we were unlucky not to double our advantage on several occasions before the break.

“The second half started with our second goal finally arriving as Reyno found the net to give us a decent cushion.

“Our hosts continued to work hard and they were extremely resilient. They were able to pull a goal back before Harry deservedly got his name on the scoresheet.

“We went on to create a number of further opportunities late on, but in the end we were happy to come away with the three points.

“It means that we have taken nine points this week to reward those supporters who have clocked up the miles to cheer us on.

“We’d like to thank them for their fantastic backing.”

MALVERN: Weaver, Webb, Griffiths (Loader 73), A Sauntson, J Sauntson, Febery, Fusco, Harris, Reynolds, Craven (Turner 63), Clark (Hayes 78). Not used: Smith, Noke.

MALVERN Town under 18s were crowned Midland Floodlit Youth League Southern Division champions after winning their final game of the season.

Town saw off third-placed Stourport Swifts 3-0 and manager Stewart Watkins praised his side’s mental strength to clinch the title.

“A lot of hard work finally came down to one game,” Watkins said.

“We worked hard in the build-up to this game on a shape that I was confident would work.

“After gifting goals in our last two games, it was important that we were mentally ready.

“Our shape wasn’t right in the opening 25 minutes but we managed to get messages across and then went through a few things at half-time.

“The lads were relaxed at the break and eager to get back out there and get the job done in the second half.

“After countless missed opportunities and also being denied by the woodwork, we managed to finally get our noses in front and then further goals followed.

“For me this is not a time to reflect on one match in isolation because the mental strength and commitment to win a League title is huge. The squad has been challenged throughout the season but they have taken it in their stride.

“I am very proud to have worked with a group of lads who have given me everything; to see the celebrations at the end and the delight on their faces is what it’s all about.

“We have played football in the right way and got our rewards.

“Thank you to everyone who has been involved. The support that we have received at crucial times has been a massive help to us.

“You have been part of our collective success.”