PERSHORE Rugby Club won their third game in a row to put a tough start to the campaign firmly behind them.
They beat Shrewsbury 27-20 in the North Midlands Shield second round following Midlands Three West (South) victories over Old Leamingtonians and Old Wheatleyans.
Pershore, who started the season with three heavy defeats, maintained their momentum despite making five team changes from the previous weekend.
The Piddle Park outfit, however, dominated in the pack, particularly at the scrum, and the solid platform provided good ball for the backs.
Centre Steve Holmes gave his team-mates a target beyond the gain line and popped an early ball to skipper Andy Jenkinson, who cut through to score under the posts.
Pershore extended the lead soon after when hooker Ben Humphries crashed over after strong running from the forwards.
Pershore went into the break 17-0 up after Humphries bagged his second try.
Following the first-half dominance, Shrewsbury started to claw back the deficit within a few minutes.
They carried on chipping away and pulled the score back to 17- 17 through three tries with one converted.
But Pershore sprang back to life in the final quarter when Toby Grace stormed over from the base of a five-metre scrum.
The final say belonged to the impressive Holmes who bagged a try in the corner.
- More than 60 boys and girls tried their hand at rugby in Pershore’s free junior fun day at Mill Lane, Wyre Piddle.
Hourly workshops focused on a range of skills and a series of mini-games gave them a taste of the 15-a-side format and sevens as well as tag and touch rugby.
Ben Andrews, of Pershore juniors’ section, said: “It was a joy to see so many young people having a go at all types of rugby.
“We look forward to seeing many of the youngsters again on Sunday for some more fun at training from 10am until noon.”
For more details, contact Andrews on 07779 927852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org