MALVERN Vale fell from first to third in Cheltenham League Division One after a 1-0 home defeat to Prestbury Rovers.

They played most of the second half with 10 men after top scorer Ameer Khan was sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

In an even start Vale looked to exploit with pace in behind a high line but were met by a hard-working side playing at a high tempo.

Halo Gharib caused the most issues for Rovers with his quick feet and movement.

Archie Gibbs went through on goal but failed to deliver an end product.

Vale were hit on 27 minutes when they lost the ball in the Rovers half and the away side countered for Jai Maisey to slot past advancing keeper Marcin Celmer.

Winger Gharib appeared to pull his hamstring to add to an injury list already containing the likes of Andre Rodrigues and Anthony Cakebread.

Khan's effort was blocked and Gibbs headed over while sixth-placed Rovers had several efforts drop just wide of either post.

New signing Leo Milan broke into the box early in the second half and seemed to be wiped out but no penalty was given and the substitute was booked for his protests.

Khan was dismissed on 48 minutes but Vale enjoyed more possession despite the man disadvantage though they struggled to create many clear chances.

The best fell to Milan whose shot from the edge of the area went just past the post to sum up a frustrating afternoon for an inconsistent Vale side.

Milan, 18, has signed from Worcester City where he made seven starts for the reserves this season and scored four goals.

Jackson McMullen scored as mid-table Hanley Swan drew 1-1 at home to AFC Renegades in Division One.

Josh Marshall (2), Leslie Bayliss-Brown and Theo Ceres helped Welland Reserves to a 4-3 home win over Fintan in Division Two.

Malvern Vale Reserves went down 4-0 at Worcester City Royals in Division Three.

Jaber Ahmed scored in the first half in Upton Town's 4-1 defeat at basement boys Shipston Excelsior in Midland League Division Three.

Upton host AFC Solihull on Saturday while Welland go to fellow high-fliers FC Shush.