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McGettigan is Pershore hero
9:30am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
RUSS McGettigan scored twice as Pershore came from behind to win 3-2 at Barlaston in their West Midlands League Division Two opener.
A dreadful start saw the visitors go two goals down by half-tim.
It could have been worse but for a number of missed opportunities from Barlaston and excellent goalkeeping by Tom Metson.
The second-half began with a slight improvement but it took until the last quarter of an hour for Pershore to hit their stride.
McGettigan got them off the mark and they drew level five minutes later when the midfield force of Steve Ridsdale, Gareth Rushton and Julian Heath worked the ball to Karl Lawson to score.
With minutes left, the tireless Russell Scudamore put pressure on the hosts and a final attack by the Plums allowed McGettigan to slot in his second goal, assisted by Lawson.
Pershore seconds started their league campaign with a victory, defeating Barlaston 4-1 at home.
Barlaston who opened the scoring but Pershore equalised through Paul Grummitt, who evaded three defenders before applying a calm finish.
The hosts went ahead after the break with a goal from Sanderson following a short corner.
Pershore made the game safe with two late goals, Simon Gardner finding Graeme Handley to convert with a reverse stick shot, and man-of-the-match Grummitt’s second.
Pershore thirds put in a promising performance but lost 4-0 at Solihull Blossomfield.
With a number of players making their debuts, the visitors trailed by three goals at the break.
Missed chances proved costly in the second-half, from Gavin Pugh and David Ingram in particular, and Solihull added a fourth.
- BRETFORTON won 6-3 at Swindon in the West Clubs Women’s League Premier Division 2A.
Despite falling behind early on, Hayley Whitehouse split the hosts’ defence before crashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Emma Lowe did likewise to make it 2-1 at half-time and Tess Lewinton added a third.
An own goal increased the visitors’ advantage and, although the Wiltshire side got a goal back, they had one player sent to the sin bin and another warned with a green card.
Terri Brown made it 5-2 before Swindon scored again and keeper Vicky Watkins to denied them a fourth.
Lewinton completed the scoring with her second of the match.
- BADSEY ladies were beaten 2-1 at home by Tenbury in Worcestershire League Division One.
The hosts fell behind early on but battled back to draw level through Karen Robinson and it needed good defending to stop them adding more goals.
An injury to Kay Amphlett forced a reshuffle after the break and Tenbury scored again midway through the half.
Lynne Ellarby and Vicky Pomeroy were named joint players of the match.
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