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Your News Pershore 16 - Woodrush 13
04
JAN

Allthough the scoreline sugggests otherwise, this was a convincing ,

dominant, performance from Pershore. Statistically, Pershore probably

had 70 % of the possession, and spent at least 75% of the game in the

Wooodrush half. But it shows that even with a glut of possession, if you

do not convert chances, the opposition will always keep in touch.

Pershores forwards, were in their usual commanding form, with the back

row of Hope , Copson , and Owen , winning the open play battle, and as

the game progressed, the tight five dominated the set piece. Pershore

camped themselves in the Wooodrush half from the off, and only last

ditch tackling, and basic handling errors , let Wooodrush off the hook.

It appeared that it was only a matter of time before Pershore scored,

but suddenly, totally against the run of play, the Woodrush scrum half

made a blind side break, fly half Smart was in support, and his pace saw

him sprint down the touchline to score in the corner, his touchline

conversion was good. From the kick off, Pershore again won plenty of

good ball, but lacked a killer edge, or an incisive break to convert

pressure into points, but the constant pressure had to tell, surely. As

Pershore mounted another attack, a dropped pass in midfield was hacked

on by Woodrush, Pershores covering winger gathered and secured the ball,

but was penalised for holding on. Smart converted to make it 10 -0 to

Wooodrush at half time. With all that possession, and to be down at half

time, could have seen Pershores heads drop, but they galvanised

themselves in the second half, and totally controlled proceedings. They

started to play to theitr strengths, with the forwards putting together

several phases of powerful forward drives, but this time inspirational

prop Alex Peel crashed over, Dolphin converting. Pershore again settled

things down and patiently put themselves in attacking positions again,

forcing Wooodrush into conceding penalties. Dolphin converting one of

them to draw level. With fifteen to go another Woodrush infringement

allowed Dolphin to take Pershore into the lead for the first time.

Woodrush restarted the match and immediately had the chance to draw

level when Pershore infringed at the kick off. Smart duly converted the

kick. With the clock running down Pershore again looked to their

forwards to put the pressure back on Woodrush, and they duly delivered.

From a line out, beautifully taken by Grace, the forwards drove towards

the Woodrush line. With the whitewash beckoning Woodrush draggged it

down and conceded the penalty. Lewis Dolphin, who had not had the best

of kicking days, stepped up and stroked the ball between the posts, and

sealed a hard fought victory. Pershore are away at local rivals Redditch

on Saturday 9 January.

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