PERSHORE Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in a 7-2 Midland League Division One loss to Paget Rangers at King George V Stadium on Saturday.

Town were without keeper Toby Wilcox and replacement Chris Rich had a torrid time, picking the ball out of his net four times within the first 19 minutes as Daniel Carter (2), Jack Gibson and skipper Dean Morris quickly had the points in the bag.

The hosts pulled a goal back on 21 minutes when Alfie Bloomer netted from Charlie Ntamark's well-placed cross.

Although Bloomer had two further efforts well saved Ross Dempster made it 5-1 to Paget just before the break.

Town started the second half with Cameron Mathewson going close following a free-kick and then Ntamark had an effort ruled out for offside.

But after 62 minutes they were caught out again and Dempster was allowed to tap the ball into an empty net.

After 77 minutes Carter completed his hat-trick with a cross-shot into the far corner.

However, a minute later Mathewson scored Town's second, robbing a defender by the corner flag and moving in to slip the ball past visiting keeper Josh Benton.

Town fought to reduce the arrears further with Ntamark firing just too high and having another effort well saved while James Walker had a header cleared off the line from a corner but it was to no avail.

Today's visit to Studley was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Pershore travel to Racing Club Warwick on Saturday (3pm) for the first of four games in eight days.

Next week, Town go to Heather St Johns on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Coventry Alvis on Thursday (7.30pm).