19th Sep, 2020

Poor finishing is harming Town

Evesham Editorial 24th Oct, 2019

LES JONES says Pershore Town need to polish their shooting boots to turn their performances into points.

The Plums manager felt it was a familiar story of failing to take their chances as they slipped to a 2-1 home defeat to Wednesfield last weekend.

Despite going ahead through James Baldwin’s goal just before half-time at the Community Stadium, Pershore missed a series of opportunities to secure the points before Will Osborne levelled on 80 minutes and Zac Campbell-Jackson bagged an 88th-minute winner.

The result prevented Town moving into the top four in the West Midlands League Premier Division and left Jones frustrated.

Pershore, who lie ninth but only four points behind third-placed Worcester Raiders, will look to bounce back when they head to AFC Bridgnorth on Saturday, with Jones confirming they have targeted a new front-runner to sharpen up the goalscoring.

“Last Saturday was extremely disappointing,” said the Plums boss. “We had enough chances to have been three or four up at half-time. We had five one-on-ones and took only one of them.

“That encouraged Wednesfield and they scrapped and scrapped. They got the equaliser from a breakaway when a simple defensive mistake let them in and then another slip-up cost us again.

“We have missed chances and that’s been the story of our season. We keep letting teams off the hook.”

Jones is keen to add another forward but he admitted finding the right player within the budget is far from easy.

“We are trying very hard to get in an extra forward player but they are not easy to get in,” he added. “That’s why goalscorers are worth millions in the Premier League.”

Pershore found no problem finding the net in Wednesday night’s Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup clash at Bilston Town as they progressed with a 4-3 scoreline.

The Plums, who welcomed back Matt Gwynne in goal after his injury, had been pegged back to 3-3 before Nick Seabourne’s second goal of the game provided the winner. Jordan Hayward and Baldwin also netted for Town.

After Saturday’s trip to Bridgnorth, who lie one place and one point above Town, Pershore’s attention turns to the Worcestershire Senior Cup when they face Worcester Raiders on Wednesday.

Although Raiders are the ‘home’ side, the match will be played at Pershore because the revamp of Raiders’ Claines home has yet to be completed.

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