THE in-form Dave Reynolds again played a pivotal role as Malvern Town stayed top of the league following a 3-0 victory over local rivals Hereford Pegasus. 

Reynolds' pin-point cross was headed home by Ben Hayes shortly after the restart to make it 2-0 before the midfielder's sweet long-range strike completed the scoring in the second-half. 

Lewis Spurrier had given Malvern the lead just two minutes before half-time with a lovely finish.

The win keeps Malvern top of the Hellenic Premier by a single point, although they have played two more than Cribbs in second-place. 

Malvern remain second-favourites to win the title despite their league position and know they cannot afford any more slip-ups in their remaining five matches if they want to pip Cribbs.

They need Richard Luffman's side to lose two of their remaining seven games, with one of their games in hand on Malvern coming on Wednesday away at Longlevens AFC.

Whilst Cribbs were beating Bradford Town 4-1, Malvern were doing their bit at home to Pegasus but it took until the 43rd minute for the hosts to make the breakthrough. 

Spurrier scored his 16th goal of the season as he waltzed through the Pegasus defence before firing into the roof of the net. 

It was the perfect way to end the half and Malvern started the second in the same way as Reynolds found space down the left before swinging in a dangerous delivery that Hayes headed past James Behan in the Hereford goal. 

Having scored in each of his last two, Reynolds took his own personal tally up to 16 for the season with a brilliant strike from 30 yards that rocketed into the corner to wrap up the victory for Malvern.