LEAGUE strugglers Lydney Town became the latest side to spring a surprise against Malvern Town as they knocked The Hillsiders out of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.

It's been a tricky couple of weeks for Malvern, who are now out of both the Challenge Cup and Wiseman Lighting Floodlit Cup, as well as being bumped off the top of the Hellenic League Premier table.

Charlie Powell's header from Lucas Vaughan's corner in the 55th minute of the game proved to be the winner as underdogs Lydney stunned Malvern, who suffered a third defeat in four matches in all competitions. 

Whilst the cups are not a priority for promotion-chasing Town, the form and defeats to sides they should be beating, will be of a big concern for the management team. 

They did have chances on the night with Matt Turner forcing a good save in the opening five minutes. 

Town continued to ask questions as Lewis Spurrier, Joe Bates and Jack Horrell went close to giving the hosts the lead, but they were unable to find that back of the net. 

It was a dominant half from Malvern but Lydney responded well at the beginning of the second period with keeper Kieron Blackburn making two good saves in quick succession to deny Steve Clark, who attempted to lift the ball over him, and Lewis Thompson with a low effort.

And then shortly after Spurriers was denied by a great save, Lydney went up the other end and took the lead. Adam Sauntson cleared off the line and then Powell headed home the corner that followed.

Malvern pushed for an equaliser but it didn't come and Lydney progressed to the semi-final.