Jake Cavens came on to score his first goal in a Malvern shirt as The Hillsiders recorded a 4-2 win over Stourport Swifts in their latest pre-season friendly.

The new signing from Pershore ran clear on the hour mark to slot home after Dave Reynolds’ opener was cancelled out by Stourport’s Martin Slevin on the stroke of half-time.

Swifts equalised again with nine minutes left in the game when Lee Chilton scored but Malvern weren’t done yet.

Joe Bates scored from the penalty spot after being fouled in the box before Joe Bullock wrapped up the game in stoppage time.

The visitors started on the front-foot and were denied by a good block from Keiron Blackburn with five minutes on the clock before rattling the woodwork moments later.

Malvern then hit the post themselves on the quarter-hour mark when Bates found space inside the area and as Malvern began to edge into the contest, Reynolds saw his effort saved.

But it was not long before The Hillsiders did take the lead as Reynolds beat the offside trap before taking the ball around the keeper and knocking it into the empty net on the angle.

With 40 minutes on the clock, Stourport smacked the upright once more as they pushed to get themselves back into the game.

James Febery had also had to put his body in the way of a goalbound effort before Swifts got their equaliser.

Blackburn had made a good save originally but Slevin was on hand to tap in the rebound despite the best efforts of Adam Sauntson.

Changes were made at the interval and one of those introduced, Carrick Hill, went close early in the second half as he fired over following a half cleared cross.

Cavens then announced himself at the club with his first goal as he pounced on a loose ball before staying composed and slotting pass the keeper.

Bates had a rasping drive pushed away as Malvern looked to extend the lead but instead, the away side equalised for the second time through Chilton.

Despite the frustration of conceding, Malvern did not dwell on it and Bates made it 3-2 when dusting himself off from being fouled in the box, to tuck home the penalty.

And then with time almost up, Bullock made sure of the win, finishing coolly in the first minute of stoppage time to extend the lead and complete another good work-out.