24th Sep, 2020

Harris blasts “disgraceful” performance

Evesham Editorial 13th Sep, 2018

PAUL HARRIS insists the only way is up for Pershore Town after describing their 11-0 drubbing last weekend as “embarrassing” and “disgraceful”.

The Plums manager was left shellshocked by his heaviest ever defeat as Wellington rattled in eight second half goals to add to a 3-0 interval lead in their West Midlands League Premier Division contest.

Harris hopes to quickly recruit a few new additions – targeting a couple of players from last season’s Pershore squad – to bolster the rinks and provide a lift before their next competitive match on Tuesday at home to Shifnal Town.

The Plums, who have no game on Saturday after their exit from the FA Vase, were due to play a friendly last night (Thursday) against Worcester Athletic to get over last weekend’s horror show.

Pershore were without half a dozen key players – including skipper Dave Wilson, Will Stallard and striker Phil Marsh – against Herefordshire side Wellington, but Harris stressed that was no excuse.

“It was embarrassing. I can only apologise to the supporters for that performance. It was simply not good enough,” said Harris. “It was disgraceful.

“It was hard to take and hard to watch. We had players missing but that’s no excuse. Everything went wrong that could go wrong. Afterwards, it was the quietest dressing room I’ve ever known. The players knew they had been so poor.

“But now we need to respond. We can’t get any lower than losing 11-0. We have to pick ourselves up and start again.”

Pershore trained on Tuesday night and Harris was hoping to bring in some new faces, players with know-how.

“We need a bit of experience and leadership to give us that solidity, especially in midfield,” added Harris.

“We need to lift everybody. We need to build a bit of confidence back into the players.”

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