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Scudamore fires in four in Pershore rout
5:20pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in Sport
PERSHORE got back on track after a poor run with a 7-0 home hammering of Yardley in ENER-G Men’s League West Midlands Division Two.
An above average display helped as Pershore made a number of changes in personnel, formation and positions which paid dividends early on.
The hosts opened the scoring through Russell Scudamore latching onto a loose ball and giving the keeper no chance.
His second goal owed much to forward partner and debutant Tom Quantrell and Anthony Handley before he completed a first-half hattrick with a ferocious strike on the turn. Pershore had a great chance to score more in the second period and two went to Ed Deacon via short corners.
Scudamore added a fourth goal and top-scorer Handley was also on the scoresheet with only the impressive visitors’ keeper preventing more.
Julien Heath, Luke Dalley, Rob Smith and Karl Lawson were faultless in Pershore’s defence.
With two league games left and a trip to Newtown on Saturday, they hope to show the same levels of performance to cement a thirdplaced finish.
The seconds won 3-2 at improving Kidderminster in West Midlands Division Two thanks to a good attacking display.
Ollie Betteridge, Graham Handley, Paul Grummett and Steve Quantrell impressed, while Pershore’s goals were all from close range.
But they were scant reward for the effort applied and amount of chances created, especially in the second-half.
Pershore soon had a twogoal advantage with Graham Handley twice finding the net from close range at the far post after fine work on the right through Grummett.
But over-confidence crept in which allowed Kidderminster back in and their efforts were rewarded when a forward stole into the area and just beat Will Winfield to a cross.
The Vale side went back to basics, passing the ball with accuracy and pace, and they dominated the second period.
Graham Handley, Ali Sanderson, Betteridge and Quantrell were all denied by fine saves from the keeper.
Eventually, the league’s top-scorer Sanderson applied a close-range tap-in after another fine sweeping team move.
Kidderminster managed to grab a second goal late on but Pershore easily held on for the victory.