YARDLEY were left rueing an unfortunate start as they fell to a heavy 7-1 defeat on the road at Pershore in the Midland League Division One, reports Peter Brainch.
Several first team players arrived to Saturday’s match late and this allowed the home side to make a positive start as Yardley relied heavily on the counter.
Midway through the half Pershore took a quick free hit into the D to create the first goal and right from the re-start Yardley created an immediate response as Navid Akram managed to get a touch at the far post to level the scores.
Pershore continued to press forward at every opportunity and forced a series of short corners. Good backing up by Kamran Mir and splendid saves by Neal Makepeace eased the pressure temporarily but Pershore’s quality play led to two more goals before the interval.
Yardley tried to up their game at the start of the second half with skipper Zach Jarvis linking well with Alex Makepeace and also Usamah and Udaydah Iqbal but to little avail.
Pershore continued with their dominance and three more goals were added from open play and another from a penalty flick after a foot infringement on the line, to complete a miserable afternoon for the visiting team.
This week Yardley will hope for better at home to Redditch.