PERSHORE Town put their disappointing bank holiday derby defeat at Littleton behind them with an excellent display at Leicester Road to win 3-2 in Midland League Division One.

After Daniel Priest saw his early free-kick pushed around the post by home keeper Will Highland Town fell behind after 14 minutes when Matt Langham headed in a deep cross.

The first half continued from end to end with Town matching the home side who were regarded as one of the pre-season title favourites.

Right on half-time a Priest free-kick caused panic in the home box and Town skipper Shaun Griffiths finally fished the ball out of the goalmouth melee to crack it into the roof of the net for a deserved equaliser.

But Town were back in arrears just three minutes after half-time when keeper Chris Rich could only parry a shot from Nuno Gomes and the ball bounced into the net.

Pershore immediately returned to the attack with Mikey Wright twice forcing fine saves from the keeper and were already starting to force the pace before a red card reduced the hosts to 10 men.

After 62 minutes Town made it 2-2 when Steve Webb pounced on a half-clearance on the edge of the box and chipped the ball home off the bar.

Although Rich produced fine full-length saves to keep out two efforts from Leicester Town looked more likely to score.

Pawel Tomczak had an effort pushed around the post and was just too high with another shot after a fine run by Mitch Butterworth.

A great run and cross by Jordan Hayward saw Tomczak's fierce drive well held.

But right on the final whistle Tomczak earned Town a well-deserved win when he burst through and slipped the ball past the keeper.

Town visit Shropshire side Whitchurch Alport from North West Counties League Division One in the FA Vase first qualifying round on Saturday (3pm).