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FEB

The only consolation in this defeat for Pershore, was that it happened

in a not so important cup match, rather than a league fixture. This was

a below par performance from Pershore, with the scrummage under pressure

throughout the match. With first phase possession not gauranteed,

Pershores big ball carriers, in particular Martin Hope at 8, did not

have any decent ball to attack from the base of the scrum. Pershores

cause was not helped when influential prop Alex Peel left the field

injured after 15 minutes. However, Burntwood were a far more committed,

and determined outfit on the day, and deserved their win. The first

quarter of the game was all Burntwood, mounting a series of attacks on

the Pershore line, but for all their efforts they only kicked one

penalty. The rest of the first half was a battle for forward supremacy,

with flowing rugby scarce , from both sides. After the break, Pershore

came back into the game, and started winning some ball, in particular

from the ever reliable Toby Grace, in the lineout. But as is so common

of late, a lot of this hard won possession was kicked away. In fact a

turning point in the game could have happened when Pershore had a four

man overlap, straight running, and simple passing, would have resulted

in a try, however the inside centre chose to kick the ball away, and the

opportunity was gone. This was Pershores last real chance of turning the

game around, and Burntwood seized the initiative. Three further

penalties were kicked from their reliable goal kicker, and then from a

loose lineout ball, on Pershores try line, the Burntwood openside

swooped on the ball , gathered and crashed over, and the conversion was

good. With the clock running down, for once Pershore managed to transfer

the ball along the backs, and with a bit of space, Matt Harwood touched

down, Dolphin converting. Pershore return to league duty next Saturday

with a visit to table topping Dunlop.

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