Late leveller prevents Pershore hockey win

3:00pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

PERSHORE Hockey Club were held 2-2 at home by third-placed Atherstone Adders in West Midlands Division Two after conceding a last-gasp equaliser.

The solid defence of Rob Smith, Luke Dalley, Mike Doust and Andy Gardiner impressed in the first-half with Gareth Rushton opening the scoring with a penalty flick.

Tireless running from captain Russell Scudamore, Jake Doney and Rushton in midfield could not produce a second goal.

Atherstone pressed in the second period and equalised from a short-corner strike.

Pershore, who visit Droitwich on Saturday, persevered and link-up play from Russell McGettigan and Paul Grummitt allowed Karl Lawson to slot home.

But Atherstone levelled with the final hit of the game from a short corner.

A weakened Pershore seconds team crashed 6-1 at promotion-chasing Market Drayton.

Gary Stevenson and Simon Gardener defended well, while Ali Sanderson grabbed a late consolation goal.

Pershore women crashed 6-0 at leaders Harborne seconds in Worcestershire League Division One.

Keeper Cat Pinney kept the hosts out until they scored three quick goals in the last 10 minutes of the first-half.

Pershore strived to keep Harborne at bay but shipped three more goals from short-corner routines.

They host Redditch on Saturday (1.30pm).

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