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Pershore travelled to Staffordshire to face Burntwood in a friendly. After Thursday’s victory at Redditch the piddle park outfit took a smaller squad.

Pershore did not get off to the best start, giving away a penalty try for persistant offside at the ruck. They were soon further behind after Burntwood attacked the flank and scored in the corner. The second try was unconverted giving the home side a 12-0 lead. Pershore then managed to control the game a little more, fly half Will Woodhouse kicking intelligently when ever he was under pressure. The set piece was controlled all afternoon by the visitors, particularly the scrum with Pershore winning 3 or 4 against the head. Just before half time Pershore closed the deficit. After strong running from Alex Peel and Kris Bassett scrum half James Bishop passed to Martin Hope. The big number 8 used the overlap and put Alex Hanson in at the corner. Woodhouse added the conversion. Just before half time Pershore were down to 14 players after flanker Steve Holmes was sin binned for killing the ball. Pershore’s set piece continued to function well in the second half. Strong running in the centre by Josh Hardiman helped the visitors make dents in the home defence. When Pershore did not have the ball their defence functioned well. Simon Kinihan and Richard Jenkinson tackled tirelessly and the Hanson brothers, Adrian, Alex and Damian tackled everything that came near them. Pershore won a penalty in the middle of the park. Woodhouse kicked to the corner for a Pershore lineout. The ball was taken by Like Hardiman, and was driven on by Lee Synnuck, with the line in sight Hope got his hands on the ball and crashed over, Woodhouse again added the extra’s to give Pershore a deserved 14-12 lead. Going into the final 15 minutes Pershore were still in the lead. However the were unable to hold on as a missed tackle in the corner left the flank undefended and Burntwood scored the winning try. 17-14 to the Staffordshire outfit.

Pershore’s Head Coach Toby Grace said after the game ‘I was particularly pleased with some of the younger players today. We had a number of lads who are 19 & 20 years old and this has been their first proper taste of first team rugby and they all played very well. We will certainly have some headaches finalising selection for next Saturdays cup game at Kidderminster’.

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