BOSS Les Jones is happy to have trump card James Baldwin up his sleeve despite Pershore Town having second call on his services.

The Worcester City enigma opened the scoring and set up the second as Town overcame Pegasus Juniors 4-3 in Saturday’s West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division relegation six-pointer.

Baldwin had warmed the bench throughout City’s last outing, a 2-0 victory at Coventry United on December 29, and with no fixture at the weekend was sent out for extra game time.

Jones acknowledged he would remain City’s player and be unlikely to feature in Town’s home clash with Wellington on Saturday (3pm) but is keen to use the Worcester-based box of tricks whenever possible.

“Quite a few Worcester players had games for other clubs at various places, we know James ever so well and see him as a good option for us,” said Jones.

“Now he is on dual registration we may be able to get him again if he’s not playing or City don’t have a game.

“He is the sort of player who can make things happen, he is a dribbler and can open up games.

“He had been playing quite a bit up to Christmas but was on the bench and did not go on in Worcester’s last game so he felt he needed some football.

“It is a good thing to get him out there scoring, it will be good for his confidence, for us and for Worcester City.”

Baldwin latched on to a through ball from Dane Aldington before keeping his cool in front of goal for Pershore’s first.

A mistake at the back gifted Pegasus a leveller through George Andrews but Baldwin then turned provider, cutting back for Sam Clark to re-establish Town’s advantage.

Matt Pinder rifled home a free-kick and then notched his second from a goal-mouth scramble to make the game safe.

Juniors scored a controversial added-time penalty and followed up with a third but Pershore stood firm to bag a precious three points.

“We were absolutely cruising when we gave away the ball and it was a dubious penalty that brought them back to 4-2,” Jones added.

“They got another but there was never any danger, it was two careless errors at the end that was more frustrating than anything else. It should have been a 4-1 win.”

Victory put Pershore within two points of safety, a feat that looked far fetched when Jones took over at the end of September.

“We have a lot of tough games coming up,” warned Jones.

“The brief was to stay up and build for next season, the crux of it is we must retain our status.”

Town forward Ryan Pugh remains sidelined by a dislocated shoulder going into the Wellington clash.