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Now is the time to stay calm and work through it, says Shortwood boss


Shortwood boss Matt Blythe insists his side will work through their winless start to the season.

The Nailsworth side fell to their third successive Hellenic League Division One West defeat at Pershore Town on Saturday, losing 4-1.

“This is a tough period for me and the team,” revealed Blythe, who previously saw his side suffer successive 5-1 home defeats.

“We’ll keep working hard and now is the time to stay calm and work through it.”

Wood were once again down to the bare bones defensively and lost Louis Peyton after 26 minutes when he limped off to be replaced by Max Harper – Emerson.

Wood started brightly enough. Marquez was inches away from getting a touch to Barrett’s low cross and Byrnes had a shot blocked and Beadle fired wide of the right post.

Pershore took the lead on 26 minutes. They forced a corner on the right and Sam Clark sent a powerful header home at the far post. This was harsh to say the least and Wood continued to press without success although Bowles fired over after good work by Soule.

After two minutes of the second half, Pershore doubled their lead. A free-kick was headed out but Aiden Clark sent an unstoppable shot past Brabham.

It was 3-0 after 55 minutes when Wood failed to deal with a throw In and Lucas Edmunds shot home.

Wood immediately reduced the arrears. Byrnes through ball put Soule in and the prolific striker rounded the keeper, steadied himself and rolled the ball home.

Wood continued to press and some of their approach play was delightful. Twice keeper Sims made good saves from Fogg and Beadle.

With 10 minutes to go another corner was flicked onto the far post where Sam Clark headed home.

Shortwood: Brabham, Peyton (Harper – Emerson 26), Barrett, Tryner, Waddington (Fogg 62), Byrnes, Hobbs, Beadle, Soule, Bowles, Marquez (Marks 62)

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