24th Sep, 2020

Frustration proves increased standards

Evesham Editorial 22nd Feb, 2018

QUENTIN TOWNSEND suggests the very evident feeling of frustration in the Pershore Town dressing room following their 1-1 draw with Brocton only shows their winning mentality.

The Town manager admitted the players were hugely disappointed by having to settle for a point against their lowly visitors in Saturday’s Midland League Division One contest.

Steve Webb capitalised on a defensive mix-up to put Pershore ahead from Jack Downing’s break, but Jack Edwards levelled for the visitors.

Downing and Chris Bright provided plenty of attacking threat but the closest they came to a goal was when Terrance Morton’s low show was pushed around the post by keeper Connor McCarthy.

“It was disappointing not to get the win after the first-half performance when we should have put the game to bed,” said Townsend.

“We missed quite a few gilt-edged chances and conceded a sloppy equaliser.

“At the end, the frustration boiled over in the dressing room, but it’s nice the lads reacting that way after drawing at home to Brocton. That shows how the mindset has changed. They are determined to push themselves.”

The contest, however, was marred by an injury to Will Stallard which means his season is over.

The former Worcester City man has been struggling with knee problems and he suffered a dislocated knee which will now need an operation.

“Will had rested and tried to come back but he has dislocated his knee for a fourth time and the only option is now an operation,” said Townsend. “That will be his season finished but hopefully he can have surgery quickly.”

Pershore will also be without Dean Waldron as he faces an operation on a long-standing hip problem which dates back to his time with Worcester.

“Hopefully Dean will be fit again for the start of pre-season and he will come back better and stronger. There’s no question about his ability, as he showed playing in Conference North with Worcester.”

Ironically, Stallard had replaced Waldron at half-time because of his hip and, when Stallard was also injured, Town had already used all three substitutes so had to play with ten men.

Pershore have no fixture this weekend but then face the bottom two sides, heading to Coventry Alvis before entertaining Bolehall Swifts.

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