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Your News Shipston on Stour 24 - Pershore 10

Pershores excellent start to the season came to a crashing halt on

Saturday. Even though Pershore were missing six regular players, this

could not be used as an excuse. There were far too many basic errors,

numerous knock ons, touch kick failures, and poor decision making,

especially in the first half. Shipstons fly half ran the show early on,

making breaks at will, and causing panic in Pershores defence. From a

scrum in midfield he took the ball at pace, looped his centre, fed his

winger who crossed in the corner, the conversion was good. Pershore

started to win some ball, and used speedy winger Matt Harwood to good

effect, continually getting the better of his man, but his support was

slow, and a couple of chances went begging. Shipstons second try was

again down to errors. Their fly half took an outside break, the inside

centre took the pass, who then sped through a non existent defence to

touch down. Pershore then began to put some phases of play together, and

controlled possesion for long periods, but again after getting

themselves in strong scoring positions, the wrong option was taken at

the critical time, and the opportunities were lost. On the stroke of

half time, Shipston ran the ball from their 22, it was quickly taken

down the wing, as the tackle was made the supoorting centre took the

pass to score, again the conversion was good. 19 - 0 half time. The half

time talk seemed to do the trick as Pershore came out and started to

play some good Rugby, but again at critical times the ball was knocked

on , or dropped. They were soon rewarded when at last a succession of

passes came together, and Matt Harwood was rewarded for his efforts to

score in the corner. From the kick off Pershore attacked again, Adrian

Hanson made a break , which was taken on by Grace, from the ensuing

ruck, the impressive Chris Copson crashed over. Pershore could have been

thinking now that the may be able to claw back the game, but

unfortunatly Shipston put that notion to bed, when their centre strolled

through his opposite number to touch down. Even with ten minutes left,

that was the final score. The latter part of the match was a dour

affair, with Shipston happy with the win, and Pershore waiting for the

final whistle. Pershore can only hope that this was a blip on their

early season performances, and they can turn things around when Southam

visit Pershore on Saturday 17 October.

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