5:10pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
Prince Henry’s High School under 16s shocked the formidable Sandwell Academy 3-2 in the English Schools' FA National Cup second round.
Last year’s county champions, who were missing three injured players, lost 6-0 to the same side in the 2012 competition.
Sandwell had the usual mix of West Bromwich Albion and Wolves academy players and were more physical, taking the lead through a header.
But left winger Matt Knight broke to level in the second-half before Charlie Banning escaped from the opposite side to put the hosts ahead.
The Prince Henrys’ back four of skipper Lewis Drew, Eliott Enoch, Harry Bermingham and Dan Evans soaked up the pressure.
They scored a third on the break thanks to a Luke Sallis tap-in after good work by Banning before a consolation from the visitors.
Chances were at a premium but the hosts went ahead 15 minutes before half-time with a header from a corner.
Pershore equalised five minutes before the break when Louis Bridges found the corner of the net with a left-footed finish.
In an even second-half, the visitors scored the winner with 15 minutes left when a Dane Aldington header was converted by Mark Owen from close range.
Pershore visit Lichfield City on Saturday in the Les James Challenge Cup second round (3pm).
Winger Sophie Griffiths tore into previously unbeaten opposition and was voted player-of-the-match.
She opened the scoring and netted a first-half hattrick with Hannah Campbell (3) and Katie Armento making it 7-0 at the interval.
Phoenix grabbed a consolation in the second period but Evesham ran away with it as Griffiths took her tally to five, alongside goals from Immogen Wray, Armento and captain Rosie Johns.
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