EVESHAM maintained their Midlands Three West (South) winning start by beating visitors Cheltenham North 32-27.

The game started brightly as the hosts secured the kick-off, spreading it wide to Zac Reid who rounded his man and touched down out wide for a 5-0 lead.

Cheltenham responded with a 10-minute spell of pressure rewarded with an unconverted try.

Evesham then broke from their half and good work from Si Corbett, Sam Huckvale and Carl Robinson led to winger Reid putting them back ahead added to a Mike Diston conversion.

Cheltenham pinned them back and kicked a penalty but Diston retaliated with a similar effort after good work by the back row of Sam Garrett, Zak Shotton and Nathan Chambers.

After going into the break ahead, Evesham’s defence was well marshalled by the Smart brothers, while young scrum-half Josh Sands gave them good field position to mount their next attack.

Fine forward phases led to slick hands from Garrett and Shotton to put Chambers through to score. Diston added the extras for 22-10.

After Steph Lasota and Robinson combined, Reid supplied the pace and complete his hat-trick.

But Evesham took their foot off the gas and two quick tries put Cheltenham back in the game at 27-20.

The Vale side were not finished, however, and the forwards then sent over the tighthead prop for a routine score to grab a bonus point before Cheltenham managed a consolation converted try.

  • Relegated Pershore crashed 74-21 at Old Coventrians in Midlands Three West (South) following their opening 60-13 home thrashing by King’s Norton.

In the first-half, the hosts ran in tries at will, clocking up 67 unanswered points.

A much-improved Pershore cut out their mistakes in the second period and used their heavier forwards to pressure at the scrums and line-outs.

With much better ball, the backs set up three good tries, all converted, to win the half 21-7.