23rd Sep, 2020

It’s time to rise says Pershore Town boss

Evesham Editorial 13th Dec, 2018

LES JONES believes the only way is up after Pershore Town climbed off the foot of the table for the first time in three months.

Town powered to a second successive home win last weekend, with two goals apiece from Matt Pinder and Ryan Pugh securing a 4-2 victory against Shawbury United in the West Midlands League Premier Division.

With Pegasus Juniors going down 7-0 to Pershore’s neighbours Malvern Town, it meant Jones’ side leapfrogged two points above Hereford side Pegasus and they now lie three points behind Wem Town.

Pershore will look to continue the upturn on Saturday when they head to 15th-placed Dudley Town.

“We certainly deserved the win,” said manager Jones. “We were the better side over the 90 minutes.

“The only disappointment was to give away a soft goal in the last few minutes. I don’t think it would have flattered us to have won 4-1.

“That’s two home wins in a row and it was pleasing to see how we bounced back from the previous game when we lost 6-0 at Wolves Casuals. To get off the bottom of the table was even better.

“It was great to get the win and then see the team who had been above us had lost, but it would be even more of a psychological boost if we can get out of the bottom two.

“Going to Dudley will be extremely tough but we need to follow up a good home win by getting points on the road.”

Last weekend, Pershore were out of the blocks like Usain Bolt, opening up a 3-0 interval lead against Shawbury. Although a disputed penalty allowed the Shropshire visitors the chance to pull a goal back, Pershore regained a three-goal lead.

For the trip to Dudley, they will be forced to make changes with Jonathan King and Sam Penfold both unavailable.

“We will have to shuffle things but the squad is a lot more settled now,” said Jones. “We’ve had to build the squad slowly. Now we are at the end of the beginning. We’ve got to keep moving forward.”

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