PERSHORE picked up their first Midlands Three West (South) win of the season with a 22-17 success at Old Leamingtonians.

Originally scheduled to be played at Piddle Park, the fixture was reversed due to the recent wet weather making Pershore’s pitches unplayable.

However, the fact that winless Pershore had been soundly beaten in their opening league fixtures and Old Leamingtonians were undefeated, meant few were expecting an away win.

Yet, much to the surprise of the hosts, Pershore scored a converted try before Old Leamingtonians had even touched the ball.

Centre Tommy Hayes attacked the blindside and, after interchanging passes with winger Stefan Ellis, scored under the posts and Scott Williams subsequently converted.

Pershore’s forwards started well and dominated the setpiece although the OL’s backs always looked dangerous.

Tries from flanker Steve Holmes and hooker Ben Humphries further extended Pershore’s lead.

After an early second-half score from Williams, the hosts started to make a comeback but Pershore still defended heroically, even when they went down to 14 players after a sin-binning for Toby Grace.

Old Leamingtonians continued to chip away and clawed their way back to 22-17 but it was too little too late and Pershore hung on for a bonus point win.