Pershore Town claim huge home win over Newent Town

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Pershore Town ended their recent dip in league form with a 7-2 win over Newent Town on Saturday.

The Plums had lost their first two games of the Hellenic League Division One season back-to-back last week to Malmesbury Victoria and Hartpury University but bounced back in style at home to Newent.

Josh Willis and Harry Burns were instrumental throughout, scoring and providing an assist in the first half to lead 4-0 at the break, with Jamie Clarke and Danny Murphy also adding to the scoresheet.

Murphy and Willis each assisted each other with another goal apiece before Newent grabbed two in the final 15 minutes of the game with their only two shots on goal.

It was a dominant first half from the hosts, who took little time to set up.

Only ten minutes had passed before they took the lead as the impressive Willis trailed a low left-footed shot into the far corner after James Baldwin kept the ball on the edge of the box.

The Plums were in complete control but squandered a number of chances to double their advantage afterwards.

Murphy and Clarke both missed one-on-one chances before Willis’ ferocious strike returned from the post.

But it would be the winger who would provide the assist for the second as his chipped ball over Newent’s defense was brilliantly hidden from inside the box by Clarke.

Pershore then made it 3-0 just two minutes later as a looping ball from Burns into the box was headed home by striker Murphy.

By this stage the result was clear and a fourth was added when high pressure saw Burns pinch the ball at Newent’s centre-half and, after two tries, roll it into the net.

There was no let up after the break either and Pershore quickly settled into his rhythm.

The fifth goal came ten minutes into the second half as a low ball into the box was controlled by Murphy, who then spun and fired it into the net.

Newent was chasing the shadows and as their belief wore off, Pershore stepped on the gas and Willis made it 6-0 with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box.

The hosts fell towards the end and Newent pulled a goal back twice to frustrate the hosts and manager Danny Janes.

But it was the hosts who had the last laugh as substitute Mark Magee fired a ball over the line for a seventh.

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