MALVERN Town extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with an entertaining 1-1 draw at West Midlands League Premier Division leaders Tividale.

Both goals arrived in the first half with Harry Clark on target for fifth-placed Malvern before Darrargh Bustin replied with the equaliser.

Malvern co-manager Lee Hooper said: “We played some very good stuff.

“We’ll take the point but we’re disappointed it wasn’t all three because we looked the most likely team towards the end.

“Tividale have got good threat up front and attack with plenty of pace but we defended well from the front with all of the lads putting in a great shift.

“We put our bodies on the line and worked extremely hard throughout so I am delighted with that.

“It keeps our unbeaten run going and the momentum building.

"We’ll look to take this into our next game against Black Country Rangers (at home on Saturday).

“We’ll keep pushing and if the teams above us slip up we’ll be ready to nip in.”

There was a big early chance for Tividale when Jamel Fuller guided the ball past advancing keeper Charlie Weaver only for Aaron Griffiths to clear off the line.

Matt Fusco fired over at the other end but on 22 minutes the hosts saw two efforts cleared off the line with the first deflected up onto the bar.

However, Malvern threatened on the break and after a poor clearance from the keeper Clark had the sting taken out of his effort by a deflection.

Town's efforts were rewarded just past the half-hour mark when Dave Reynolds' shot was pushed out by the keeper into the path of Clark who gobbled up the chance.

But Tividale levelled five minutes before the interval when a long ball over the top picked out Bustin who slotted home.

Bustin was then denied by Weaver before a lively start to the second half.

Clark and Reynolds had shots saved by Ryan Cheshire while Weaver denied Bustin.

On 58 minutes Cheshire tipped over Steve Webb’s strike that was destined for the top corner.

Weaver stood firm under robust challenges and Malvern ended strongly with Clark and Reynolds going close late on.

Town: Weaver, Webb, Griffiths, J Sauntson, A Sauntson, Harris, Loader, Fusco (Turner 60), Clark, Moran (Hayes 79), Reynolds. Subs not used: Noke, Wickett, Smith.

Meanwhile, Malvern Town Reserves kept up their strong home record with a 4-2 victory over Kington Town in the Herefordshire FA League Premier Division.

They have lost just once in 22 outings on home soil.

Sixth-placed Malvern missed chances before taking the lead on 22 minutes when Henry Dyde beat his marker and slotted home.

On the stroke of half-time Lanre Giwa broke the offside trap following a four-man move before coolly netting.

Kington reduced the arrears from the penalty spot with around 20 minutes to go.

But the two-goal advantage was restored when Luke Gaffney put in a pin-point cross for 16-year-old James Hatton to head in from close range.

Malvern conceded to another penalty late on following a sloppy back-pass but Ben Price secured the points.