Pershore 4 Old Wulfrunians 2
West Midlands Division One
PERSHORE produced a superb display to end the visitors’ 100 per cent start to the campaign on Saturday.
Old Wulfs arrived having won all five of their matches so far but Pershore rose to the challenge to secure their third victory, leaving them sixth in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit to lowly Barlaston.
The hosts took command of the game and opened the scoring within five minutes as some fine play between Russ McGettigan and Jake Downey found skipper Russ Scudamore unmarked in the D and he scored with a ferocious reverse stick shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
The visitors soon replied with a short corner goal but with moments to go in the first half Steve Ridsdale put a fine ball in for Scudamore who passed to McGettigan, only to see him miss an open goal.
In the second half some fine defending from Mike Doust and Gareth Rushton kept out the visitors’ attacks and soon afterwards Pershore were awarded a penalty flick and Ed Deacon guided the ball home.
Again Old Wulfrunians pressed hard and scored from another short corner to draw level but some fine skill and running from Karl Lawson saw him link up with Scudamore who grabbed his second goal with a strike into the roof of the net before moments later Scudamore returned the favour to Lawson who slotted home the hosts’ fourth goal.
Delighted with the win, skipper Scudamore said it was the best the team has played together this season and he believes if they can perform like that every week they can beat any team in the league.
Droitwich 2nds 4 Pershore 2nds 2
West Midlands Division Two
PERSHORE’S second string gave high-flying Droitwich a scare before succumbing to defeat.
The hosts have now won all five league games this season but they far from had things all their own way as Pershore played positively.
They put Droitiwch under immediate pressure and a long ball from Mark Passmore found Dan Adams at the back post to sneak the ball home.
Droitwich were stunned and found themselves pinned in their own half by some great passing play by Pershore’s midfield.
The pace of the game was frantic, with Pershore spurning a couple of chances to go further ahead.
The game then turned on its head though as Droitwich equalised from a well taken short corner routine and they scored two more just before the break to take a flattering 3-1 lead.
The second half started with Droitwich playing with great confidence but, with debutant Adam Ball making some great tackles in midfield, Pershore stood firm.
However, the pressure soon told and Droitwich scored their fourth following a scrappy goalmouth scramble during which keeper Steve Taylor was unlucky not to clear.
This woke up Pershore who immediately replied with a great strike from Tommy Handley.
Buoyed by the goal, Pershore rallied and Paul Grummett was unlucky not to score when his shot from a short corner hit the post and, with Droitwich rattled, they went down to nine players following some rash challenges on forward Tom Quantrell and John Sharratt.
Unfortunately Pershore did not make their numerical advantage count as no further goals were scored but all in all this was a great performance by Pershore who will look to build on this when they host Old Wulfrunians on Saturday.
Harborne Ladies 3rds 1 Pershore Ladies 3
Worcestershire League Division One
PERSHORE Ladies maintained their improved form with a fine victory at high-flying Harborne 3rds.
The first half was very tight with neither team giving much away. Pershore worked at a high intensity but, despite chances in the D, they could not convert and just before half time conceded a breakaway goal.
A strong half time talk from coach Martin Ebbage gave Pershore the belief they should be leading and could go on to win and a quickfire start to the second half saw Kate Adams provide Emma G with a ball through the middle which was driven to the top of the D and struck home superbly.
A near carbon copy goal followed with Emma G scoring her second goal within five minutes.
Pershore then had to withstand a long period of pressure but fine defending from Sam Witheford, Emily Capaldi and Gemma stood out before Heidi Deacon drove towards the D and she was subsequently fouled.
She took a strong hit into the D which was tapped on by Adams and scored by Lottie Cox to secure Pershore’s second successive win.
Pershore host Tenbury Ladies on Saturday.