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Your News Berry Hill 24 - Pershore 20

Although survival is a mathematical possibility, Saturday’s unfortunate defeat at the hands of title chases Berry Hill means that Pershore will almost certainly be playing their rugby in Midlands 4 next season.

On a glorious afternoon in the Forest of Dean Pershore played with the wind in the first half, however they were soon on the back foot and after conceding a couple of early penalties found themselves trailing 6-0. It was not long before the Pershore pack had the measure of their opposing forwards and began to dominate, something no other team has done against Berry Hill all season. Excellent kicking from fly half Will Woodhouse gave Pershore the territorial advantage they needed to mount an attack. From a lineout flanker Chris Copson squeezed over the line for his first try for the club. Woodhouse was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt. The visitors then fell further behind. Berry Hill exploited a gap in the defence and their second row scored under the posts. The conversion was added to give them a 13-6 lead. Before half time Pershore closed the gap. Centre James Martin going over the whitewash this time. Again the conversion was missed. The score at the interval 13-10

The start of the second half was a mirror image of the first. Ill discipline around the rucks was costly for the visitors and Berry Hill took advantage of the penalties. 19-10. Pershore then started to exert the dominance they had shown in spells of the first half. Strong running by the forwards, Kris Bassett in particular, made dents in the home defence, and after some strong running on the fringes by the forwards the ball was spun wide, and centre Matt Harwood did enough with the defence to allow winger Marcus Whyte to score in the corner. The kick was again missed. Pershore were soon in the lead. Kris Bassett bashed his way through the defence near the halfway line. He fed the ball to centre Martin who rounded the last man to score his second of the day. 20-19 to the visitors. With less than 10 minutes left it looked like Pershore could have a significant input into the title race, however a late try by Berry Hill sealed an unlikely win for the home side and doomed Pershore to almost certain relegation.

Pershore will be playing for pride next week when they face Thornbury at Piddle Park in another Western Counties North encounter. Kick off 2.30pm.

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