Barlaston 2 Pershore 6
West Midlands Division One
PERSHORE maintained their excellent form with another impressive win at Barlaston on Saturday.
Again skipper Russell Scudamore struck another reverse shot from a Paul Murphy pass to score the first goal of the game but Barlaston levelled when a stray pass allowed their centre forward to fire home.
Scudamore set up Ed Deacon to restore Pershore’s lead but just before the break the hosts drew level for a second time.
The visitors took command after half time, starting with Steve Ridsdale beating four defenders before finding Anthony Handley who netted his first goal of the game.
The hosts were not without their own chances but some impressive defending and keeping frustrated them.
The closing 20 minutes saw Scudamore strike a short corner home for Pershore’s fourth before Handley’s tireless running saw him rewarded with his second goal of the game and some great passing from him and Scudamore saw Handley bag his hat-trick strike.
With four wins in a row behind them, Pershore will be looking to maintain their push for promotion on Saturday when they host local rivals Evesham before travelling to Droitwich for a rearranged game on Sunday.
PERSHORE 2nds suffered another frustrating result as visitors Old Wulfrunians claimed a 2-1 victory in West Midlands Division Two.
A slow start from the hosts saw them fall 2-0 behind and it took some fine saves from keeper Steve Taylor to keep Pershore in the contest.
However, a galvanised Pershore came roaring back in the second half and their efforts paid dividends when, just after Mark Passmore had seen an effort cleared off the line, Steve Quantrell fired home.
Graham Handley and Tom Quantrell both came close to scoring an equaliser but it was not to be for Pershore, who will be looking to repeat their second half performance when they face the daunting challenge of entertaining currently unbeaten Wolverhampton in their next league game on December 6.
PERSHORE Ladies were edged out 3-1 by tough opposition in the shape of mid-table visitors Tenbury Ladies in Worcestershire League Division One.
The visitors had the better of the first half and led 1-0 at the break but shortly into the second half Heidi Deacon won a free hit on the right sideline and a strong pass to Kate Adams saw her produce a great pick-up and drive into the D before a fierce finish into the left corner to level the score.
The game was there for the taking for both sides but it was Tenbury who struck twice more to take the spoils despite the best efforts of Pershore keeper and player of the match Cat Pinney.
Pershore host leaders Redditch on Saturday.