MALVERN Town moved up to second in the West Midlands League Premier Division with a 3-2 win at Stone Old Alleynians.

Kyonn Evans scored twice for Les Jones' side who did not perform at their best in Staffordshire.

But fourth-from-bottom Stone only pulled their goals back in the dying minutes as Malvern enjoyed their fourth straight league success.

Town forward Matt Turner fired just wide early on from Evans' pass and then took a heavy first touch as keeper Ben James came out to halt the attack.

There was concern for Malvern on 18 minutes when keeper Charlie Weaver slipped when kicking away a right-wing ball forward but he recovered quickly to push an effort over the bar.

Louis Loader planted a volley into James' arms but then Malvern went two quick goals ahead in clinical fashion.

Turner headed in Adam Sauntson's cross on 27 minutes before Evans ran into the box and fired under the keeper soon after.

Malvern could not add to their lead by half-time as Matt Fusco chipped wide, Sauntson headed a corner straight at James and Loader shot off target.

In the second half, Kirk Layton's shot was deflected away before Malvern extended their advantage on 62 minutes.

Evans ran half the length of the Stone half before firing under James for a second time.

Layton fired over before a moment of alarm for the visitors when a left-wing cross-shot rolled along Weaver's bar.

Malvern had penalty appeals turned down after Turner appeared to be fouled in the box and James grabbed the ball as Evans looked for his hat-trick.

But on 87 minutes Stone pulled a goal back through Adam Pope.

It was two for the hosts in the second minute of injury-time when Dan Dale bundled the ball over the line.

But Malvern held on to go four points behind leaders Wolverhampton Sporting Community having played two games more.

Malvern host Wolverhampton Casuals in the league on Saturday (3pm) before visiting Littleton in the Worcester Royal Infirmary Senior Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday (7.45pm).

The under 21s are away to Tenbury United on Saturday (2.30pm) after beating Orleton Colts 4-2.

Max Bourne, Henry Dyde, Sam Rathbone and Jack Cullity scored Malvern's goals.

Town's under 18s are at home next Monday to Redditch United in the Midland Floodlit Youth League Cup.