Pershore 4 Leamington 5
West Midlands Division One
PERSHORE were unfortunate to emerge empty-handed from a thrilling encounter on Saturday.
The hosts made a flying start as they enjoyed large periods of possession and within ten minutes were 1-0 up with a goal from Tony Handley and soon afterwards Russell McGettigan doubled their advantage.
With a two-goal cushion, Pershore took their foot of the gas, which led to Leamington pulling a goal back.
However, Pershore reacted well and Handley scored at the back post to boost Pershore, only for the visitors to grab their second goal just before half time.
Leamington started the second half with confidence as they continued how they finished the first half and two quickfire goals gave them the lead for the first time.
The hosts pressed forward in search of an equaliser but left themselves vulnerable to the counter-attack and Leamington exploited this as Julian Heath unfortunately put through his own net.
Pershore made it 5-4 with ten minutes remaining as Handley completed his hat-trick and the hosts then continued their pressure, but Russell Scudamore could not keep the ball below the backboard on the short corners, despite putting it past the keeper twice.
With only one win to their name from four matches, Pershore will need to work on their defensive skills if they want to have a chance of being competitive in this league.
Next up for Pershore is Saturday’s derby at Evesham.