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Your News Ledbury 33 - Pershore 33

Pershore visited Ross Road and took on Ledbury in a gripping encounter on Saturday. The teams could not have differed more with the flare of the Ledbury back line and the attrition of the Pershore forwards.

The home side certainly started better. Using the slope to their advantage, Ledbury were in the lead after 5 minutes. A missed tackle in the centre gave Ledbury an easy score under the posts, which was duly converted. A few minutes later the lead was extended, this time out wide. Again the extras were added. The home side added a penalty and Pershore found themselves 17-0 down with less than 20 minutes played. Pershore opened their account a few minutes later. A dropped ball in the Ledbury centre was kicked ahead by Matt Cyphus. Cyphus eventually won the foot race up the hill and dropped on the ball underneath the posts. Woodhouse added the conversion. The score kick-started the Pershore pack who started to exert some real dominance on their opposite pack. Pushing them back in every scrum and competing well in the lineout. After some sustained pressure from the visitors a penalty was awarded. Captain Toby Grace made the brave decision to kick to the corner instead of taking an easy 3 points. His courage was soon rewarded. A catch and drive in the lineout ended with winger Marcus Whyte be piled over the line. Woodhouse again was successful with the conversion attempt. The half ended badly for Pershore with another Ledbury score meaning Pershore had a 10-point deficit to catch up going into the second half.

The initial throws of the second half were played around the middle pf the park but a clever kick from Woodhouse ended with Ledbury being forced to carry the ball over their own line. From the scrum, 5 metres out, the Pershore front row of Eversham, Lane & Evans marched their pack over the line for Number 8 Martin Hope to score. Woodhouse again added the conversion. Soon after and Pershore were leading for the first time. Another catch and drive from a lineout was cleverly pulled down by the home defence, but Ledbury struggled to defend the fringes as the Pershore forwards probed frailties around the edge of the ruck. It was prop Karl Evans that claimed the score, going over from no more than a metre out. It was at this point that things started to go badly for Pershore. Firstly they lost Flanker Chris Copson to injury and then fellow Flanker Steve Holmes was sent off for allegedly throwing a punch. Down to 14 men Pershores defence obviously became stretched and the visitors started to give away penalties in dangerous areas of the pitch. The Ledbury kicker slotted 3 penalties over with no reply giving Ledbury a 7-point lead going into the final few minutes of the game. With the game slipping further from Pershores reach Will Woodhouse made a break down the left flank. He chipped ahead for winger Stefan Ellis to chase. The pressure from Ellis again forced Ledbury to carry the ball over the line. The visitors were awarded a scrum 5 metres out, knowing it would be the last play of the game. Pershores 7 man pack drove back the 8 Ledbury forwards with ease. As Hope was about to drop on the ball over the line the Ledbury flanker broke from the scrum and dived on the ball. With a try certain if the infringement was not committed the referee had no option but to award a penalty try. Woodhouse again added the conversion to salvage a draw for the visitors.

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