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Your News Pershore 5 - Worcester Wanderers 10

What Saturdays fixture at Piddle Park lacked in fluidity was certainly made up for by tension in the clash between two of the leading pack in Midlands West Four.

As expected Pershore started the stronger with their bigger forwards stamping some authority on the game. The scrum was a struggle for the Wanderers pack, who were pushed backwards all afternoon. But, what the Wanderers forwards lacked in size they made up for with intelligence, dominating the tackle area and getting more than their fair share of turnovers.

Much of the first half was played in the middle of the park, neither team really getting close enough to the line to worry the defence. Pershore had three opportunities to open the scoring but fly half Will Woodhouse missed each of the penalty attempts and the deadlock remained. 30 minutes in and the scoring started. Wanderers switching play from one wing to the other resulted in the left-winger cutting inside and taking advantage of poor tackling by Pershore to score. The conversion was added to give the visitors a 7-0 interval lead.

It was vital for Pershore to score first in the second half. However no sooner had the game restarted when an infringement cost Pershore a penalty and an easy 3 points for the visitors. Midway through the half Pershore finally got themselves back in the game. Another strong scrum resulted in Flanker Chris Copson diving over from close range. Woodhouse was again unsuccessful with the kick. Pershore lacked any composure and were somewhat nave during the final 10 minutes of the game. They won a strong of penalties near the half way line, but instead of kicking to the corner and starting a surge from a lineout they opted to run the ball. Failing to make the gain line each time. Wanderers held out for a deserved victory in difficult conditions and remain second placed in the league. Pershore drop to sixth but, provided they win their games in hand they will be within 1 point of the leaders. Next Saturday Pershore make the trip to Ledbury who are currently a place above them in fifth. The game is vital to Pershores promotion hopes. With the teams above them all playing each other Pershore can regain some ground provided they get back to winning ways.

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