FIVE-STAR Malvern Town Women drew level on points with league leaders Hereford Pegasus after their 5-0 win over Ludlow Town Ladies.

Goals from Jade Smith, Lucia Meigh, Leah Baker and Becky Evans had Malvern 4-0 up by half-time.

Alice Meadows added a fifth in the second-half to extend Malvern's unbeaten league run to eight matches and Malvern are now level on points with Pegasus, who did not play in the league last weekend due to a cup competition.

Malvern have turned the HDAnywhere Community Stadium into a fortress and it was clear from the outset that Malvern were in no mood to let that change. 

Smith thought she had put Malvern in front on ten minutes only for the offside flag to rule it out but it wasn’t long before she did open the scoring when Saff Boswell’s pass picked the winger out and she fired home from the edge of the area.

That lead was doubled on 20 minutes when Baker fired home from 25 yards following a neat knock-down from Meadows.

Boswell registered another assist when Meigh ran onto her through ball to tuck home a third. The result was no longer in doubt when Evans converted a penalty as half-time arrived.

Pegasus did have a spell of pressure after the break but Emma Cropper was rarely tested in the goal.

And then with 15 minutes to play, Malvern added a fifth when she lashed home from Baker’s pass.

"It was a professional performance," admitted manager, Mark Taylor.

"We knew Ludlow would come and battle away; they’ve caused us problems in the past so it was pleasing to perform and run out as comfortably as we did.

"Again, we had some top performances and what was even more pleasing to see was that players that haven’t been regularly involved of late got minutes, performed well and contributed to good afternoons work."