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Your News Southam 3 - Pershore 23

Pershore produced a workmanlike, efficient performance, without reaching

the heights of a few weeks ago. The enforced layoff due to the weather,

had not helped Pershore. Again, a lot of the credit must go to the

forwards who took the game by the scruff of the neck, and starved

Southam of possession for the vast majority of the game. From the kick

off Pershore used theitr ball carriers to good effect, keeping the ball

in hand, forcing Southam onto the back foot. Marcus Whyte, and Martin

Hope , kept the Southam back row busy with their powerful running, and

when the first wave had been stopped, they then had to deal with Chris

Copson and Alex Peel running into the spaces that had been created for

them. The constant pressure soon turned into points on the board, when

Lewis Dolphin kicked a penalty. Again Pershores forwards swarmed

forward, putting together several phases of play, and when the ball was

spun wide, Adrian Hanson exploited a gap to crash over. The relatively

simple conversion was missed. The poor pitch conditions, did not help

playing an expansive game, but just before half time, Pershore, from a

line out, transferred the ball to the very dangerous, and lightning

quick, Steph Ellis, who exploited the space in front of him and

accelerated away from the covering defence, to score a lovely try in the

corner, the difficult conversion was missed. The second half was a

pretty dour affair, with Southam competing a little more up front, but

never quite getting the upper hand, and Pershore, allthough creating

chances, lacked a cutting edge, to keep the scoreboard ticking over. It

was not until the final quarter that Pershore finally turned the screw,

firstly Lewis Dolphin converted a penalty, from a scrum infringement,

and from a wonderful passage of play, where backs and forwards combined

, and the big ball carriers made the hard yards, Southams defence was in

tatters, and man of the match, Toby Grace, latched on to lovely pop pass

from Marcus Whyte, to touch down under the posts.Lewis Dolphin converted

to complete the scoring. Pershore welcome local rivals Upton to Piddle

Park next Saturday 30 January.

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