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White strikes for Pershore
8:30am Sunday 20th October 2013 in Sport
PERSHORE Rugby Club spoiled Upton’s party as they recorded their first victory of the season with a 12-7 success at Old Street.
Upton were celebrating the installation of their new £27,000 floodlights but could not mark the occasion with a win in Midlands Three West (South).
The hosts started brightly but despite having the lion’s share of the territory, failed to capitalise with Chris O’Neil missing a penalty.
The Pershore scrum dominated and they also enjoyed a 100 per cent retention from their own lineout.
When presented with opportunities to kick, the visitors opted for the scrum and, from one such occasion, the front row of Damian May, Jameson Lane and Alex Peel marched the pack over the line for Martin Hope to get the try.
Lewis Dolphin slotted the penalty to give Pershore a 7-0 lead, which they held until half-time.
In the second-half, Upton’s dangerous back three were allowed a bit more time on the ball and made inroads into the visiting defence.
This, coupled with some indiscipline at the breakdown from Pershore and the sin-binning of flanker James Martin, gave the hosts some momentum.
At a stage when it seemed Pershore were losing their grip on the game, a jinking run by Alex Pimlow and some poor defending from the visitors resulted in an Upton try beneath the posts.
O’Neill made no mistake with his conversion and the game was locked at 7-7 with 20 minutes to go.
Upton almost moved into the lead after a break from full-back Dan Aldersley but some excellent scramble defence from Damian Hanson and Ashley White prevented a try.
The Pershore pack and some clever tactical kicking from Tommy Hayes and Adrian Hanson helped the visitors reclaim their grip on the game.
Following a lineout, winger Ashley White crossed the line to claim the winning try for Pershore.
- Pershore’s minis under sevens tag teams enjoyed mixed success against Malvern at Wyre Piddle.
Each team of four took part in four competitive games with six victories achieved in all from the 12 games.
Ben Andrews, chairman of Pershore RFC’s junior section, said: “Pershore more than matched them and rose to the challenge.”
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