PERSHORE Town conceded a goal in the 14th minute of added time to slip to a 1-0 defeat at Heath Hayes on Saturday.
It was a bitter pill for Quentin Townsend and his side to swallow as, with 59 minutes on the second half clock, the visitors were beaten with virtually the last kick of the game.
Joseph Pickering’s winning strike was a dramatic end to an incident-packed second half which featured a couple of lengthy injuries and a melee when both teams were fortunate to keep 11 players on the pitch.
Town were unlucky to leave empty-handed having defended well throughout a match which was played in very strong winds and was never going to be a classic, although both teams did their best to play some decent football.
Whilst Heath Hayes had more possession and hit the woodwork twice in the first half, Town also hit the bar through Jacob Snape’s 25-yard shot just before half time and they then had the best three chances of the game.
Danny Carter got away from his defender on two occasions but put the ball wide with the first opportunity before the home keeper smartly saved the second effort.
The visitors’ Danny Ludlow also found himself in a one-on-one situation but placed the ball high and wide of the advancing keeper.
Town will look to bounce back when they travel to strugglers Southam United on Saturday.