JAKE CAVENS and Dan Noke ensured Pershore Town came through a ‘close shave’ against AFC Bridgnorth Town – before enduring a post-match leg-waxing for charity.
The pair scored the goals as the Plums extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 2-1 victory at the AIM Community Stadium to move up to sixth in the West Midlands League Premier Division.
Then, along with team-mate Sam Clark, they were on target to help raise more than £2,000 for the family of Lily May Filmer, the eight-year-old girl who needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Town U8s parent Kev Joines and committee member Ad Horton also went through the painful procedure from Badsey beautician Gemma Hobbs, who runs Pure Gem Beauty and Massage.
Manager Stewart Watkins said it was a fantastic effort and also an indication of the ‘one for all, all for one’ mantra being instilled in the squad.
“It was pretty eventful for Jake and Dan particularly, scoring the goals and then getting their legs waxed,” he said. “I don’t think they enjoyed the experience but they stepped up to the challenge.
“All the lads stayed with them; there was plenty of laughter from the bystanders but the important thing was that it raised lots of money for Lily May’s family.
“There’s a great spirit within this group of players and that’s what we want to build throughout the club and working with the community.”
Cavens gave Pershore the lead after ten minutes but it was 1-1 at half-time after Jason Pike levelled.
However, with ten minutes to play, Noke met a Milo Elmes set-piece delivery with a thumping header to give the Plums the winner.
Watkins has been pleased with how Pershore have been evolving since he took over as boss last month but he stressed they remain a work in progress.
Just how much progress has been made will be tested on Saturday when title-chasing Bewdley Town visit the Community Stadium.
“Bewdley will be coming and expecting to win and I guess the form says they should win comfortably,” said Watkins. “We’re comfortable with that. We’re a work in progress and we know we will need to have everybody available and be at the top of our game.
“Bewdley are a terrific team and it will be tough but we will look forward to it.”