PERSHORE Town have endured a difficult start to the Midland Football League Division One season having suffered defeats in their opening two fixtures.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Atherstone Town was followed by Tuesday’s 7-0 home defeat to Pilkington XXX as a home side severely weakened by players missing due to work commitments and holidays was put to the sword.
Saturday’s match was a much closer affair and Pershore felt hard done by to return empty-handed after conceding both goals to dubious penalties – the second in the last minute of injury time.
The visitors started the game positively, with a much-changed squad from last season, and the Atherstone keeper was forced into saves from Anton Dimarino, Grant Baker and Dane Aldington.
At the other end, Pershore keeper Paul Maynard made two good saves to keep the score level in the first half.
Pershore’s Joe Walsh was ruled offside just before half time when putting the ball in the net.
The hosts took a 60th minute lead but Pershore hit back and levelled through a good goal by Dimarino, who controlled the ball whilst under pressure, made himself space and floated a fine shot into the top corner in the 65th minute.
However, Pershore, who entertain Heather St John’s on Saturday, were denied a deserved point as they conceded with virtually the last kick of the game.