Pershore clinch bonus point win

PERSHORE recorded their second successive Midlands Three West (South) victory with a 31-24 success at Old Wheatleyans.

Following on from their 22-17 triumph at Old Leamingtonians, the Piddle Park outfit were once again in good form on their travels.

They are now sixth in the table after four games, ahead of this Saturday’s North Midlands Shield second round home clash against Shrewsbury.

Although Pershore secured a bonus point at Old Wheatleyans, the Coventry-based hosts provided plenty of scares along the way.

Pershore used their heavier pack to good effect and, after industrious work at the scrum and hard running in the centre by Steve Holmes, room was created for winger Stefan Ellis to score under the posts. Scott Williams added the conversion but Old Wheats responded with a well-taken try to level.

They then took the lead with an unconverted effort after a loose pass was intercepted but Martin Hope crashed over after a pass from Matt Cyphus.

Williams converted again and, just before the break, winger Ashley White took a quick line-out and hooker Ben Humphries cantered over for an unconverted try.

Old Wheats pulled level soon after half-time with a push-over try from a driving line-out and established a 24-19 lead.

But then, Pershore full-back Damian Hanson made a gamechanging tackle and later broke from his own 22 before supplying Ellis with the chance to speed over in the corner. Williams scored the decisive try, adding the conversion from out wide, and strong defence from Alex Peel and Josh Hardiman late on ensured victory.

Meanwhile, Pershore seconds tracel to Old Halesonians thirds for a Merit League Division One encounter on Saturday.

  • Pershore Town FC face a bottom- of-the-table clash on Saturday when they host Blackwood in the Athium Midland Combination Premier Division (3pm).

Just a point separates the King George V Playing Fields side from their opponents as Gary Aldington’s men seek a first home win of the season. Last Saturday, Pershore lost 2-1 at Atherstone Town in the Les James Challenge Cup second round.

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