Tenbury Colts 0 Tenbury Town 5

RIVAL manager Darren Worthington paid tribute to Tenbury Colts after his promotion-chasing side took the bragging rights at Palmer’s Meadow.

Colts’ goalkeeper Adam Grosvenor had an outstanding match but Tenbury Town ran out clear winners in the long-awaited Herefordshire League Division Three derby.

“This was always going to be a difficult match with both teams in the same division and families on either side,” said Town boss Worthington.

“Tenbury Colts are a young and committed side who are improving quickly.

If they stick together, results will come and they will be a threat in future seasons.”

High-flying Town led 2-0 at the interval in Saturday’s clash at Palmer’s Meadow before substitute Mark Boucker struck twice and also set up a goal.

Ashley Botwood fired Town ahead from the penalty spot after Ryan Parkes tripped Alex Bright inside the box. Dan Jara almost levelled for Colts but he volleyed over the bar from close range.

Ian Patterson doubled Town’s lead before the break, heading in Alex Lombardi’s right-wing cross.

Bright rattled the bar early in the second-half before Town struck three times to seal the points.

Bright slotted in Town’s third after a neat pass from substitute Boucker, who came off the bench and had a major impact.

Boucker netted his first after 65 minutes, following a run and cross by winger Chris Patton and the striker bagged his second with eight minutes left.

Colts manager James Turrell said his side suffered from tiredness in the second-half. “Botwood was a different class in Town’s midfield,” he said.

“We created a few chances through the hard work and determination of Jara and Andy Fletcher.

“It always stings when you lose to a local rival, but I’m proud of the way our team battled.

“Town are the best side we’ve faced this term and we’ll look forward to meeting them later in the season.”

Turrell added: “We had a good turn out from supporters.

“It was good to see a lot of extra faces at Palmer’s Meadow which can only be a good thing for football in Tenbury.”