MALVERN Town co-manager Lee Hooper has urged his players to make their own luck after they suffered a second successive home defeat.

Fifth-placed Town lost 3-2 to relegated Haughmond in the West Midlands League Premier Division despite going ahead.

Hooper said: “It was disappointing, especially after we took the lead.

"We had a chance to double our advantage straight after going a goal up and had that gone in it would have been a different game.

“Our opponents moved the ball well in the second half and looked sharp up front which proved to be the difference in the end.

“Both keepers did well and made some important saves. Josh (King) came in for us and did well while their keeper made some good saves to keep his side in it.

“Lady luck was not on our side and we know that we have to go away and work hard to earn our luck and keep pushing to get to where we want to be.”

King blocked from Scott Ryan and Dave Howells dragged a chance wide.

But Malvern threatened when Matt Turner headed just wide before they went ahead on 21 minutes.

Turner did well on the right to carve out a chance for Ben Lane that he gobbled up.

Lane was denied by a crucial save from James Hawkins while King smothered from Steve Hole at the other end.

Aaron Griffiths clipped the post from a free-kick for Malvern before Jack Griffiths headed just over for Haughmond.

The visitors upped the pressure in the second half as King saved well from Joe Parry.

But on 61 minutes Hole cut inside his marker before lifting the ball home to level.

King saved again from Ryan while Joshua Hunt fired into the side-netting for Town.

Haughmond's Scott Graham and Malvern's Hunt and John Griffin then had efforts stopped by the busy keepers.

But Graham fired home to give Haughmond the lead for the first time and Malvern were carved open through the middle as Ryan quickly made it 3-1.

Malvern reduced the arrears with five minutes to go when Harry Clark threaded Hunt through and he guided the ball home.

Pershore Town lost their Premier Division county derby 2-0 at Bewdley Town while Bromyard Town fell 1-0 at home to Wrens Nest in Division One.