GOALS look like they will be in plentiful supply for Tenbury football fans this season after the town’s two sides both scored seven last weekend – yet, amazingly, one of them still managed to lose.

While Tenbury Town began their Herefordshire Division One campaign with a 7-2 win at Ledbury Town Reserves, Tenbury United were losing 8-7 in a remarkable game at Hinton Reserves.

Having trailed 4-0 after a first half that joint-boss Aaron Morris termed ‘the worst 45 minutes I have seen from a Tenbury United side’, they fell just short of an astonishing comeback.

For Town, there was no such drama as Declan Bright and Ian Patterson both bagged braces to leave co-manager Keiran Fish convinced his strikers will cause havoc this term.

Fish, whose side led 6-0 at the break with Henri Harvey-Smith, Daniel Ridley and Callum Gittens also on target, said: “They couldn’t cope with Al Bright, Dec and Ian.

“I would like to think those three will be banging in a few more goals and we always have confidence when they are all on the pitch at the same time.

“I don’t want to sound as if we rely on them but we know that if we get the ball to one of them, they will make something happen.

“I’ve already told Dec and Ian they are on the top scorers’ leaderboard and that I want them to stay on there all season, preferably right up at the top.”

United’s injured joint player-manager Morris, meanwhile, did not know whether to laugh or cry after their loss at Hinton – who visit Tenbury Town this Saturday.

From 6-1 down, United rallied to 6-5 but could never quite get level despite Will Clutterbuck (2), Toby Gittens, Chris Patton, Simon Newhill, Mike Foster and James Dovey all finding the target.

Morris, whose early pacesetters visit Civil Service this Saturday, said: “The only time I’ve been involved in a game with 15 goals is when we got thumped 15-1 by Hereford!

“We didn’t expect them to play their first team – and they did. We were four down after five minutes!

“We were woeful in the first half on Saturday. At 6-1, it should have been damage limitation but once we got a couple back, we got a bit of belief.

“Everything they touched, they scored, while we hit the post, the bar, had a couple cleared off the line – but the fact the lads never gave up was really pleasing.

“We can’t keep leaking goals but I know around the corner there is a result in us and someone is going to get a hiding."