24th Oct, 2016

Positives in defeat for Town

Liam Moakes 31st Mar, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE Town suffered successive defeats in their Easter fixtures but were far from despondent.

Town took the lead at Midland League Division One top four side Hinckley AFC, before three second half goals undermined their hard work in a 3-1 loss.

Then a bumper crowd of nearly 400 watched them provide a real test of Bromsgrove Sporting’s title credentials on Monday at the 2020 Solar PV Stadium before losing 1-0.

Pershore boss Quentin Townsend felt the performances showed the progress the team is making and “opened a few eyes”.

A 15th-minute goal from Sean Brain settled the Easter Monday derby at home to Bromsgrove, with the former Pershore striker netting from close range.

Steve Webb and Shaun Griffiths threatened a reply from the hosts although Sporting also continued to pose their own questions.

However, a tactical change to 4-4-2 gave Pershore added impetus in the second period and the chances followed. The best fell to Dane Aldington but his header was blocked.

On Saturday Pershore had the perfect start at Hinckley thanks to Danny Ludlow’s goal.

Ludlow raced away in a one-on-one with the Knitters keeper following an Ollie Casey pass and finished calmly.

Pershore might have had a second, only for Jacob Snape to have an effort cleared off the line and then Gareth Evans and Aldington had shots blocked.

However, the match turned when Ryan Seal slotted home a penalty equaliser shortly after half time.

Hinckley got stronger and Javia Richards fired them ahead on 69 minutes before Luke Richards made it 3-1 on 82 minutes.

Dominic Strevens hit the bar late on for Pershore but Hinckley secured the points.