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Your News Upton 0 - Pershore 32

After a recent run of poor performances Pershore won in some style on Saturday when they visited local rivals Upton. Pershore were forced to play a much-changed side due to injury and unavailability. The game saw Simon Potter and Mark Badgery making their first starts of the season at centre and flanker respectively.

The visitors started the better and remained in the drivers seat for the entire game. They dominated the scrum and were surprisingly effective in the lineout considering they went into the game without a recognised jumper. The Pershore forwards all carried the ball well and the backs, led by Will Woodhouse were effective in both attack and defence. Woodhouse had an early opportunity to open the scoring with a penalty in front of the posts. However his nerves got the better of him and he spooned it wide of the target. He did make amends five minutes later to give Pershore a 3-0 lead. Soon after Potter created enough space for his fellow centre Matt Cyphus to make a break. He was ultimately tackled 10 metres short of the line. The forwards were on hand to clear the ruck and with the defence stretched Hooker Jameson Lane picked up and trotted over the line for an easy score. Woodhouse added the extras to give Pershore a 10-0 lead. With half-time approaching Pershore were forced to make a change. Badgerys no nonsense approach to tackling was his downfall after he was concussed in yet another big hit. Replacement fly-half Lewis Dolphin came on at Flanker. It showed how beneficial having an extra back can be in open play. Pershore were camped in the Upton 22. With the Pershore back line stacked left, Dolphin spotted a potential overlap on the right. He passed to fellow flanker Steve Holmes who in turn put teenager Stefan Ellis in under the posts. 17-0 at half time.

A poor restart from Upton handed possession back to Pershore by means of a scrum on the halfway line. From here Pershore began another onslaught with ended in numerous opportunities to score near the Upton line. Pershore were awarded a scrum on the five-metre line. Led by the front row of Eversham, Lane & Evans they marched over the line for Martin Hope to dot down. Woodhouse missed the conversion but added a penalty to give Pershore a 25-0 lead going into the last 10 minutes. In the final throws of the game Hope added a second under the posts. Woodhouse added the conversion to give Pershore a 32-0 victory.

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