PERSHORE Town took the local bragging rights with a 3-1 home win over Littleton in the Christmas derby at the Winstanley King George V Stadium.
An entertaining game with a three-figure crowd saw the visitors have the better chances in the opening 20 minutes when Stuart Hall missed from close range and former Town player Dane Aldington headed wide.
Pershore, however, got more into the game as it went on and took the lead in the 38th minute when a flowing move involving Steve Webb, Connor Trotman and Zach Blood ended with the ball being fed to Joe Walsh, who scored with a low drive under the keeper from just inside the box.
Walsh grabbed his second goal just before half time with a curving free kick from wide of the penalty area which went through a crowd of players into the far corner.
The second half saw Littleton’s captain Callum Clarke receive a second yellow card as the visitors lost their composure and Pershore went on to dominate the game thereafter with a third goal in the 59th minute, scored by Joe Robinson who beat the keeper from close range having been set up by Blood.
The hosts then created several good opportunities to increase their lead and substitutes George Coley and Ashley Booth continued to cause the visitors’ defence problems.
However, Littleton scored a consolation goal with 15 minutes remaining when another ex-Town player, Will Gayton, scored a penalty following Dave Williams’ grappling with a striker in the area.
Pershore have now taken seven points from the last possible nine in Midland Football League Division One and sit 17th, whilst Littleton’s slump continued and they are now eighth.
On Saturday Pershore’s visit to Coventry Copsewood was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was Littleton’s home game against Racing Club Warwick.
On Wednesday Littleton were due to host Alvis Sporting Club in the Les James Challenge Cup before entertaining Bromsgrove Sporting in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup on Saturday, whilst Pershore host Atherstone Town in a league game on Saturday.