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Your News Pershore 53 - Redditch 6

Pershore continued their rich vein of form with an emphatic victory over

local rivals Redditch. Redditch came to Piddle Park with bags of

confidence as they were unbeaten this season, but this was a far sterner

test than they had previously encountered. Redditch had a torrid time in

the set piece all day, Pershore stole line out ball all afternoon,and

the front row of Peel, Lane , and Evans destroyed the Redditch front row

at will. Pershore played into a very strong wind in the first half and

it contributed to the scoreline being fairly close at half time.

Pershore completely dominated possession in the first half, and if it

was not for a few handling errors, twice they crossed the line, only to

knock on, they could have been out of site early in the match. As it

happened the continual pressure in the Redditch 22 paid off when No 8

Martin Hope picked up from a five metre scrum and crashed over, the

difficult conversion was missed. Redditch kicked off, and again the

forwards put together phases of approach play. From a kick ahead , the

ball bounced kindly up for sprightly winger Matt Harwood, who rounded

his winger to score a marvellous try in the corner. Again, the difficult

kick was missed. Redditch eventually spent five minutes in Pershores

half, and were rewarded with two penalties from infringements in the

ruck. With the half coming to an end, Pershore ran a quick penalty,

Adrian Hanson glided through a gap, his off load was taken on by Copson,

who in turn gave the try scoring pass to Ed Day who crossed the

whitewash under the posts. Dolphin kicked the conversion on the half

time whistle. Pershore took the game by the scruff of the neck in the

second half, dominating the contact area, and swarming over Redditch

with their impressive set of forwards. With a dominant scrum , Pershore

held all the aces when attacking close to the Redditch line, and from

successive scrums, Lewis Dolphin crashed over twice in quick succession,

converting both his tries. From a lineout in midfield quick ball from

Grace unleashed the backs who made in roads out wide, when the ball was

swiftly spun back the other way, Martin Hope took the inside pass, and

outsprinted the covering defence to croos the whitewash under the posts.

For once Pershore played for 80 minutes, and were ruthless, a further

two tries followed before the end, the first a classic wingers try from

Matt Harwood, which was set up by Matt Syphus, and the last try , a fine

individual effort from Lewis Dolphin to complete his hat trick.

Considering Pershore had 4 regular first team players missing through

injury, it bodes well for the rest of the season that they can call upon

squad players to fill in, and perform to a high standard. Pershore

travel to Shipston on Stour next Saturday, which is always a tricky

venue to play, but they should go there full of confidence.

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