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Old Leamingtonians 18 - Pershore 22

Pershore ground out a very tough away victory on Saturday, which owed

much to pure determination and a never say die attitude. Played in the

searing heat, the match was played at a frantic pace throughout.

Pershore started the game in a controlled manner, winning good set piece

ball, and kicking for position. From a kick ahead, Leams full back

Smith, caught the ball but was tackled by Ed Day, Pershore quickly won

turn over ball, and attacking the blind side two great passes released

Steph Ellis. His pace was far too much for the covering defence, and he

touched down in the corner. Lewis Dolphin narrowly missed the

conversion. Almost from the kick off , Pershores forwards forayed into

Leams 22, but an infingement, allowed Dolphin to kick a penalty to

extend Pershores lead. Not to be outdone Leams pressed forward using

their big forwards, and eventually after some sterling defence, they

managed to drive prop Bevan over the line to score an unconverted try.

With the half coming to a close, the first of Pershores three sin

binnings started with Ed Day asked to leave the pitch. The resulting

penalty was successful. 8 all at half time. Pershore half time pep talk

worked wonders, as for the first ten minutes of the second half their

forward put phases of quality play together, with Hope, Peel, and Grace

to the fore, eventually a neat inside pass from Hanson was gathered by

Karl Evans who showed a remarkable turn of speed and nifty footwork, to

crash over the white wash, which Dolphin converted. Again Leams fought

back, their forwards attempted the mauling game all afternoon, and

camped themselves on Pershore line for about ten minutes. But every

attempt to drive over was thwarted by an excellent defence. Eventually

this pressure resulted in Steve Holmes receiving a yellow card, and

again the penalty conceded was converted. With 15 minutes to go Leams

appeared to score the winning try, when from a lineout, their

predictable catch and drive was unstoppable, and Abbott stormed over.

The conversion was good. Marcus Whyte was Pershores third sin binning of

the afternoon, which robbed Pershore of one of their main ball carriers.

With time rapidly running out, Pershores forwards strung together

several phases of play, which stretched the Leams defence all over the

park. Quality possession, and cool heads, saw Pershore spin the ball

wide, and quick hands allowed substitute 2nd row Rob Owen touch down

under the posts. On the final whistle Lewis Dolphin kicked the

conversion and victory was sealed. This was a good performance,

especially for the first League game of the season, based upon a strong

defence where in midfield Matt Syphus and skipper Adrian Hanson were

excellent, and a set of forwards that showed character.

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