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Your News Pershore 25 - Shipston 15

Pershores prolific number 8 Martin Hope took his personal tally to 20 tries for the season in his sides hard fought win against a well drilled Shipston on Stour RFC at Piddle Park on Saturday.

Pershore certainly showed their intent from the off. After attacking down the right flank through winger Matt Harwood play was reversed and the ball spread back to the left wing for Winger Stefan Ellis to score in the corner after brushing of a strong challenge from his opposite man. Fly half Lewis Dolphin was unsuccessful with the difficult conversion attempt. Shipston recognised early on that the home side had a significant strength in the forward pack so they endeavoured to play an expansive running game using their quick backs. This was used to good effect as they took the lead after 10 minutes. The fly half chipped the ball deep into Pershore territory. Full back Damian Hanson was out of position and could not get to the ball before it bounced back over his head. The ball was collected by the Shipston centre who cantered over the line unopposed to score under the posts. The try was converted. 20 minutes in and Pershore were back in the lead. After a break from flanker Chris Copson Pershore were on the verge of scoring only to knock the ball on a few metres from the line. However the superior home scrum pushed Shipston off the ball and Martin Hope crashed over from the base of the scrum to get the home side back in the lead. Dolphin again missed the difficult kick. The pendulum swung back in the visitors favour before half time. They spent what seemed like an age attacking the Pershore line but the home defence held out. It was only a matter of time before they were to exploit a gap or use one of the many overlaps they had on offer. The winger finally took advantage of the latter and scored in the corner. The kick was missed but a later penalty extended the visitors lead to 15-10 at half time.

The Piddle Parkers started the second half with the same intent as the first. However the difference being that they maintained this for most of the half and managed to subdue the visitors to an occasional counter attack. The Pershore pack continued to dominate, and apart from a few shaky lineouts when Carl Redman was introduced at Hooker he soon picked off Grace & Widmer with ease. After a break from Alex Peel & Rob Owen number 8 Hope went close to bagging his second, being stopped less that a metre from the line. The desperate defence managed to turn the ball aver and steal possession. Unfortunately their hard work was undone as they put 1 too many passes in under their own posts and Pershores centre Matt Cyphus intercepted 5 metres from the line to score under the posts. William Woodhouse, on for Dolphin converted. With 15 minutes of the game remaining Pershore had a chance to extend their lead when they were awarded a very kickable penalty. Skipper Adrian Hanson, much to the surprise of the crowd opted to go for the throat and instructed Woodhouse to kick to the corner. Hansons gamble certainly paid off as from the lineout Redman found Widmer. The rest of the Pershore forwards converged on the ball and the driving maul was collapsed in a heap over the Shiptson line within a few seconds. As the players got up it was none other than Hope who was at the bottom of the pile holding the ball. Woodhouse missed the conversion but he did extend Pershores lead to 10 points a few minutes from time with a well struck penalty. Final score Pershore 25-15 Shipston.

Pershore now just need 3 wins from their remaining 4 games to guarantee promotion. They begin the run in when they face a second from bottom, but much improved Edwardians team at Piddle Park next Saturday, Kick off 2.15pm

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