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Your News Bloxwich 9 - Pershore 14

This was a dour match, where Bloxwich set out their intentions very

early with some unsavoury incidents off the ball. This set the trend for

the majority of the game, and allthough Pershore tried to control their

emotions in the face of provocation, it became increasingly difficult

and eventually their performance lowered to the standard of their

opponents. As with previous weeks, Pershores set piece was dominant. The

scrummage allowed Pershores back row to a free rein to spoil all

afternoon, and accurate, quickly delivered line out ball, gave Pershores

backs quality ball. Both halves were influenced with a strong wind

straight down the length of the pitch. Pershore played into the wind ,

and soon were forcing Bloxwich into conceding two quick penalties, which

Lewis Dolphin had little difficulty converting into points. The game

soon became a battle of attrition with the forwards slugging it out , it

soon became apparent that this was not to be a day when the wingers were

going to see plenty of ball. Bloxwich ventured into Pershores 22 twice,

and on both occasions were rewarded with penalty successes, 6 all at

half time. Pershore turned round at half time and began to play to their

strengths, keeping the ball in hand, and working through phases of play.

Hands in the ruck from Bloxwich gave Lewis Dolphin another penalty

attempt to stretch their lead. With ten minutes to go, a turnover scrum

on the halfway enabled Martin Hope to pick up , gallop down the blind

side, with the winger about to tackle, he saw Chris Copson in support

his inside pass was gathered and he crashed over under the posts.

Bizarrely, Lewis Dolphin hit the post with his conversion with his

easiest kick of the day. On the full time whistle Bloxwich converted a

penalty to reduce the scoreline. Pershore have only lost one game this

season, and considering this was a well below par performance, against

intimidating opposition, and with a long list of injured players to

return, it was a good win. For his work rate, guts and aggression, Greg

Shaw was man of the match. Pershore visit local rivals Upton upon Severn

next Saturday to continue their league campaign.

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