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Pershore give up lead to draw
10:40am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Sport
PERSHORE men dropped 4-1 and 6-3 leads in a thrilling 6-6 draw at Whitchurch in West Midlands League Division Two.
The promotion hopefuls enjoyed the advantage at half-time thanks to shortcorner goals from Gareth Rushton and Russell Scudamore added to Karl Lawson and Russ Mcgettigan strikes.
Whitchurch scored two quick goals in the second period but Rushton and Anthony Handley swiftly replied to make it 6-3.
With 10 minutes left, Mark Passmore dragged a forward down and received a yellow card with third-placed Pershore conceding from the resulting short corner.
The hosts then scored a penalty flick after a rash Rob Smith tackle and the equaliser arrived two minutes from time as Whitchurch bagged their first point of the campaign.
Pershore host West Bromwich on Saturday, while Evesham, who lost 1-0 at Atherstone, entertain Whitchurch.
Meanwhile, Pershore seconds beat Ludlow 2-1 despite conceding the opener to youthful, talented opposition.
Paul Grummitt equalised following a short corner and Ollie Betteridge put them ahead by half-time after Graham Handley’s fine jinking run before keeper Steve Taylor ensured the win through superb saves.
The thirds grabbed their first win of the season with a 4-0 success at Kingswinford.
Andy Griffin (2), man-ofthe- match Alex Brown and John Sharratt scored.
Pershore women lost 5-2 to Bromsgrove in Worcestershire League Division One after keeping their visitors to 1-1 at half-time.
Amanda Barnes levelled after an early opener and Emma Gardner fashioned a second goal but keeper Cat Pinney kept the score down at the other end.
Badsey won 5-2 at Redditch in Worcestershire League Division One.
The villagers’ work-rate paid dividends and they went ahead when Karen Robinson’s shot was deflected in.
Redditch equalised but Robinson finished off a flowing move from the edge of the circle to restore the lead.
Lynne Ellarby added a third goal but Redditch replied again and Badsey went down to 10 players temporarily due to a yellow card.
However, they defended strongly before Shelly Banner and Robinson added further goals. Karen Moore was their player-of-the-match.
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