Chelmsley Town 1 Pershore Town 3
Midland League Division One
ALFIE Bloomer netted two goals to remember as Pershore Town recorded their first win in 15 matches to climb out of the bottom two in Midland League Division One on Saturday.
Bloomer’s dazzling solo effort and then a 40-yard lob sealed the points at Pack Meadow to follow a first goal for Kyle Turner.
Despite fielding a depleted side which included player-boss Quentin Townsend having to line up in the heart of defence, Pershore turned in a performance with plenty of grit and determination, laced with some magical moments up front.
It was just what they needed after their miserable run and Townsend will hope it will be the catalyst to start climbing the table.
Chelmsley had more of the possession in the first half but Pershore looked the more threatening.
They were fortunate when home forward Joe Parke chipped over after getting between two defenders early on and Parke had an effort saved by keeper Toby Wilcox.
However, at the other end, Bloomer drilled wide and fired another shot at the keeper, while Charlie Anagho-Ntamark headed over from Bloomer’s cross.
Pershore needed a goal and it came within a minute of the second half beginning as Jamie Taylor’s cross-field pass sent Ntamark twisting and turning against two defenders and Turner, their recent signing from Atherstone, rushed in to tap home his cross-shot.
Former Bromsgrove Sporting and Littleton youngster Bloomer then doubled the advantage on 63 minutes. Tricking his way past a first tackler, he raced down the left, skipped past another challenger and then rounded the keeper to slot home a memorable first goal for Pershore.
Chelmsley hit back straight away, with Adam Keeley meeting Harry Sweeney’s left-wing cross with a perfect flicked header into the top corner and the goal signalled growing pressure from the hosts.
Townsend and new signing Dan Getliff were immense at the heart of the rearguard but Pershore breathed a sigh of relief when Jamie Barnett headed straight at Wilcox and then a header ricocheted off the angle of crossbar and post in injury time.
There was still time, however, for one more goal and it came with a beautifully guided 40-yard lob from Bloomer after excellent right back Cameron Mathewson won possession just inside the Pershore half and knocked the ball forward.
Pershore visit Bilston Town Community in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup on Wednesday (7.45pm).