TITLE-chasing Malvern Town hit the road on Saturday for a tough examination of their credentials at Clanfield 85 (3pm).

The Oxfordshire hosts are unbeaten in eight home Uhlsport Hellenic Football League Division One West games, conceding just eight goals in the process.

They sit 10th in the table while second-placed Malvern moved within two points of leaders Hereford Pegasus with last weekend's 6-1 triumph over visitors Cirencester Town Development.

This weekend will be the first meeting between Clanfield and Town this season.

“We are under no illusions about how tough this challenge will be,” admitted Malvern co-manager Lee Hooper.

“They are a tough and physical side who will make life difficult for us.

“We know that our performance levels have to be much better than last weekend but the players go into the game with plenty of belief and determination to extend our unbeaten run.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good following there to cheer us on.”

Defender Jay Sauntson is looking forward to the game after making a welcome return in the last two fixtures following injury.

He said: “I am absolutely buzzing to be back.

“It was a very frustrating time for me sat watching the lads. I just wanted to be out there with them.

“It was sort of bittersweet in a way though as they have been playing absolutely top-notch and winning games so it’s been enjoyable to watch.

“We can now take this positive momentum into Saturday’s game at Clanfield 85.

"I would fancy us against anyone in this league on our day but we know that this one will be a tough test against a physical side.

“We’ve not played too many physical opponents since we left the West Midlands League but we have the players who can handle this and our experiences in recent seasons will stand us in good stead for the challenge that we face.

“I’ve not played with a closer-knit group of lads since I have been at the club and we’ve not only gelled well on the pitch but we’re all great friends off it too which is so important.

“The morale is high and we desperately want to keep building on the momentum for the big games that lie ahead.

“I want to stay fit now and be available for the rest of the season.”