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Your News Pershore 20 - Southam 0

Pershore returned to winning ways with this emphatic win against

Southam. The scoreline may not flatter, but this was a performance where

Pershore probably dominated possession for 70 % of the match, but

unfortunatly, as in the previous week, a last pass, the wrong decision

being made, prevented them passing the 50 mark. The foundations of this

performance was again with the forwards. With late changes forcing Steve

Holmes to play his first game at loose head, it made no difference to

Pershores traditional strong scrummage. Evans , Lane and Holmes were up

against a huge front row, but their lack of fitness, and technique,

meant that the Southam scrummage was always under pressure, which

allowed Ed Day , and Chris Copson freedom to disrupt the ball at the

back of the scrum. For the first twenty minutes Southam could not get

out of their 22, but Pershore contrived to let 3 simple two on one

situations to pass, before they finally scored. A succession of forward

drives, put Pershore in a strong position, they conceded a penalty,

whereupon Sid Hirons, took a quick tap, and the rampaging Karl Evans

took the ball at full tilt, and smashed his way over the line to touch

down. Dolphin converted. The next twenty was a mirror of the first,

Pershore camped in Southams 22 but intense pressure not being converted

into points. With the clock ticking down, a powerful scrum on Southams

22 allowed Martin Hope to pick up , brush off two attempted tackles and

touch down, 12 nil at half time. For the first ten minutes of the second

half Southam managed to get the their hands on the ball, but a lack of

imagination, and a strong defence, meant they could not get on the

scoreboard. A line out on the halfway was quickly won by Grace, the ball

was sped to Matt Syphus who chipped ahead through the oncoming defence,

he weaved his way through, gathered his own kick, and stormed over for a

fine individual try. The last fifteen minutes was a case of Pershore

battering away at Southams line only to make a hash of a simple pass,

or kick away possesion. For a team like Pershore, that are so

comfortable with the ball in hand, and have a set of forwards who can

keep the ball through lots of phases of play, it is frustrating to see

hard won possesion kicked away aimlessly. On the full time whistle, a

simple penalty kicked by Lewis Dolphin completed the scoring. For his

work rate, his scrummaging, and his line out support play, the man of

the match was Karl Evans. Pershore are away at Bloxwich next Saturday,

in the Cup.

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