Malvern Town were able to give a number of development players some rare game time on Tuesday night as they edged into the next round of the Bluefin Challenge Cup following a 1-0 victory at Tuffley Rovers.

There were plenty of changes made to the Malvern squad for the trip to the team sitting bottom in the Hellenic League Premier and at full-time, six of the players on the pitch were from the Senior Development set-up.

In the end, an own-goal from Tuffley's Mark Pritchett in the first-half proved to be the difference between the two sides as Malvern progressed to face Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the third-round.

The result was a positive one but it was an evening more about getting minutes into some returning players and giving a couple of individuals a chance to impress according to co-manager Stephen Cleal.

"First and foremost, credit to Tuffley for getting the game on,” he said.

"The pitch held up well considering all the rain that it had on it.

"It was good to have seven or eight Senior Development lads involved on the night; it shows what we are trying to do here and each of them acquitted themselves really well.

"Tuffley are a decent side, better than their League position suggests, and they made life difficult for us at times.

"We managed to get minutes into some of the lads that needed it and also try a few things and we played some decent football over the course of the game with everyone putting a shift in."