ASSISTANT manager, Phil Preedy, was full of praise for his side as Malvern Town hit nine goals past Hampton in the Medley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup first round clash.

Strikers Joe Bates (3) and Harry Clark (2) were heavily involved as the higher-level side ran riot at the HDAnwyhere Community Stadium.

Joe Bullock also scored a brace on the night and efforts from skipper Matt Turner and Matt Reeve completed the rout.

It was the second win in four days for The Hillsiders after Saturday's 5-2 league victory over Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

Following just their second defeat of the season to Chipping Sodbury the week before, Malvern seem to have rediscovered their winning touch and assistant manager Preedy was impressed with what he saw.

“It was a really positive performance,” he said

“We went about our business in a professional way and the whole display from start to finish was excellent.

“We were able to give a few lads some good minutes, whilst Joe Bates and Harry Clark were amongst the goals again.

“It would have been easy to rest on our laurels for the second half, already four goals up, but the lads kept at it and were ruthless.

“They kept the ball well and worked it in good areas, which was pleasing to see.

“Now we look to take this into Saturday’s game against Fairford Town, which will be a tough one.

“But we’ll keep doing what we’re doing and taking it one game at a time.”

Town's home clash with Fairford Town kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday.