Pershore Town 0 Racing Club Warwick 2
PERSHORE paid the price for failing to take their opportunities as they fell to a second Bank Holiday defeat on Monday.
Racing Club Warwick have already emerged as a surprise package and two second half goals gave them victory to move into third place in the Midland League Division One table.
However, Pershore will reflect on another case of missed chances, having created several gilt-edged opportunities but failed to score.
As Town faltered in the second half, Martin Hutchcox gave the Racers a 62nd minute lead and then Wade Malley doubled the lead on 80 minutes.
Pershore will face another tough test on Saturday when they travel to much-fancied Hinckley AFC.
Atherstone Town 1 Pershore Town 0
PERSHORE failed to make the most of a positive first half performance as they slipped to defeat at Sheepy Road on Saturday.
Pershore had been the more threatening side in the first period but the Adders were the better team after the break and Alex Naughton headed home the winner at the back post ten minutes from time.
The afternoon started brightly for the visitors who dominated the first half an hour.
Gareth Evans put an effort wide from an acute angle, having been played in by Steve Webb after nine minutes, and then Evans and Jamie Clarke combined well after 16 minutes with Evans’ shot being blocked and Clarke forcing a save from keeper Phil Smith from the rebound.
Pershore continued to cause the home defence problems with Clarke, Will Gayton and Dan Dineen having efforts.
It was not until the latter stages of the first half that Atherstone featured as within a ten-minute spell Town’s keeper Shaun Edwards made three good saves to deny Ashley Gray and Deqwon Ebanks (twice) to keep the teams level at the break.
The hosts were the better team in the second half, with Pershore reliant on the counter-attack.
After 50 minutes, Evans and Clarke linked well, with the latter supplying Sean Cooke whose right-foot effort from outside the box went over the bar.
Gayton and Clarke had further efforts for Town with the latter unlucky not to score when turning his defender to angle his curling effort just wide of the post.
The Adders’ winner came when Ashley Wilks crossed from the byline over keeper Edwards and Naughton headed home from close range.