Pershore 4 Yardley 1
West Midlands Division One
PERSHORE moved into fourth place with a resounding victory over bottom of the table Yardley on Saturday.
Ed Deacon opened the scoring within ten minutes and the lead was soon doubled through Russ McGettigan.
Some great defensive work from Mike Doust and Andy Gardner kept out the occasional attack from the Yardley forwards, whilst at the other end Pershore skipper Russ Scudamore had numerous shots on goal but was kept out by some fine keeping.
Soon into the second half Scudamore made it 3-0 before Yardley finally broke through Pershore’s defence to open their account.
Pershore had the final say through Graham Handley’s goal and they will head into Sunday’s rearranged game at home to Newtown with confidence.
West Bromwich 2nds 1 Pershore 2nds 0
West Midlands Division Two
PERSHORE resumed their campaign after the winter break with a closely contested game at high-flying West Brom but they returned empty-handed.
Early chances fell to the visitors and only fine saves from the opposition keeper, following shots from Ali Sanderson and Adam Ball, prevented Pershore from taking the lead.
Against the run of play West Brom scored just before the break on one of their few forays into the Pershore D.
Pershore pushed on in the second half but hopes of reward were thwarted when they were reduced to ten players after Tom Handley retired hurt.
Pershore regrouped and held firm defensively, but lacked penetration to threaten the West Brom goal further, however they can take encouragement from their overall performance heading into Saturday’s visit of Redditch.
Pershore 3rds 5 Kidderminster 3rds 1
PERSHORE dominated the game against a tireless Kidderminster team.
The more experienced Pershore team started confidently and only stubborn Kidderminster defending kept them at bay. It was not until Pershore started to move the ball quickly and used width that the first goal arrived when a slick one-two between Gavin Pugh and Luke Dalley resulted in the former finishing at the far post with aplomb.
The second soon arrived – a scrambled affair with the very unlucky Kidderminster goalkeeper unable to stop the bobbling shot by Andy Griffin.
Pershore now started to play good hockey with everyone confident on the ball and excellent width was provided by Phil Taylor and Pete Moreby and Pershore looked solid.
The third goal came from a combination of Rob Curley and Luke Dalley, with the latter rifling home the ball into the bottom corner.
The second half was much the same with the excellent Alex Brown scoring after a well-worked move allowed him to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner.
Pershore now relaxed and Kidderminster were able to score a goal past the otherwise faultless Phil Steers in the Pershore goal.
Pershore stepped up the pace and Olly Betteridge created room and put in a well-saved shot which unfortunately for the Kidderminster keeper fell to the gleeful Jason Brown who scored.
Pershore Ladies 0 Barford Tigers Ladies 1
Worcestershire League Division One
PERSHORE Ladies returned to action at home to a Barford Tigers side who had inflicted a 5-0 defeat on them during their last meeting, but this time Pershore could count themselves very unlucky to be beaten.
The first half was dominated by Pershore with some good, sharp passing between the defensive back line and midfield, however opportunities came and went within the attacking circle, leaving Pershore heavily frustrated.
Barford gained confidence through Pershore’s frustrations and soon started forcing their way forward, only to be met by fantastic keeping.
Emily Capaldi, the clear player of the match, fought tirelessly to clear the ball and on several occasions took the initiative to drive forward.
Debutant Amanda Barnes shifted the ball out to Heidi Deacon on the right frequently and Nicki Sheppard remained on guard with her signature jab tackles when required.
Several chances game and went and only in the last ten minutes did the intensity heighten and Barford finally sneaked home a shot to secure victory.
Pershore visit bottom placed Harborne 4ths on Saturday.