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Your News Pershore 22 - Stafford 24

Pershore completed their final warm up match, prior to the league season

starting on Sat 11, against a lively Stafford outfit. The visitors

arrived very early , and were well prepared for the game. However, it

was the hosts that started stronger. Pershore bossed the early

proceedings, using their bug ball carrying forwards, to put Stafford on

the back foot, and in the first twenty minutes, were camped in Staffords

22. Unfortunatly this forward domination was not converted into points,

with in particular a wrong decision, or a poor pass not executed at the

right time. But a strong scrummage, forced Stafford into an infringement

and Will Woodhouse converted the penalty. Back Stafford came, but a

resilient defence held out, and again with the forwards pressing

strongly Stafford conceded a five metre scrum. Pershores No 8 Martin

Hope, continued his scoring record, by picking up and crashing over. The

simple conversion was missed. With the half coming to a close, Staffords

first foray into Pershores 22 was rewarded when quick hands in the backs

allowed their winger Glassman to cross the line in the corner, and

successfully kick the conversion. 8 -7 at half time. Stafford galvanised

themselves at half time, and they began to dominate proceedings up

front. With a glut of ball for their dangerous backs, Stafford began to

carve holes in the Pershore defence. Fortunatly , through a combination

of last gasp tackles, and poor execution, Stafford could have scored a

few tries over a fifteen minute patch. Eventually Pershores defence, and

structure, began to fall apart. Poor kicking from hand was readily

accepted by Staffords back three, and soon they were rewarded with two

quick tries, from Bates and Vickers, one converted by Glassman. Stafford

were now playing with confidence, and when a speculative kick into

Pershores 22 was chased hard, and the ball was not cleared into touch

quickly enough, they won turn over ball in the dead ball area, and

touched down. The conversion missed. For the last quarter, Pershore

played some quality rugby. They reverted to their strengths, with Whyte,

Hope and Peel, making the hard yards, and when winger Steph Ellis,

entered the line on the opposite wing, his deadly pace outstripped the

Stafford defence to cross the whitewash. Dolphin kicked the difficult

conversion. Almost from the kick off, Pershore again attacked with

vigour, offloading well in the tackle, and making ground. From a quick

ruck, the ball was spread from left to right, and Marcus Whyte hit the

ball at pace to crash over in the corner. Again the difficult conversion

was kicked by Lewis Dolphin. The last two minutes saw Pershore press

hard for the win, but on this occasion, they ran out of time. Pershore

begin their league campaign against Barker Butts at home at Piddle Park,

on Sat 11 Sept Ko 3-00 PM.

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