Spa, by their high standards, were not quite firing on all cylinders
Spa were looking to get back to winning ways against the side, who, rooted to the foot of the table, have been leaking points at an alarming rate. However, perhaps the Pershore result that one should take a closer look at was their recent home fixture against Berkswell & Balsall, where they pipped the in-form league side by a point. Not many sides have got the better of this outfit; however, the home side’s performance against Spa contained clear evidence that they will be a side to contend with next season.
Pershore had the best possible start to the game as they hit Spa at pace, in the opening minutes and despite two try saving tackles, first by Adam Preece, then by Alex Carroll, they bulldozed over for an unconverted score.
Spa hit back with some strong running from Simon Harry and John Holland. Then they increased the pressure on Pershore when Craig Smith made a break down the touch line and just failed to get his pass to wing, Richard Staff.
The Pershore Forwards were very mobile and had weight advantage in the set piece. They were certainly causing more problems than one might expect from a side languishing at the foot of the table and looking at possible relegation. In fact it was Spa and in particular Simon Harry and Craig Smith who had to do plenty of work in defence to keep the home side at bay.
In the last five minutes of the half, Spa hit the home side with a well worked try. Andy Anderson secured the ball from the base of the scrum and slipped a pass to “Patch” Northover. The young scrum-half picked his moment to send Staff off on a run which ended in a score in the corner. Northover claimed the extras with a superbly judged kick from wide out, to give Spa a two point lead at the break.
Half Time: 5 – 7
Undeterred at losing the lead they had held for most of the first half, Pershore hit Spa with a break through midfield to score under the posts, almost immediately from the restart. They further increased their lead as they cleverly moved the ball from a scrum in their own half and hit Spa at pace to score a second converted try.
Spa, by their high standards, were not quite firing on all cylinders and took some time to recover from this early set back. When they did hit back, they were met with stubborn resistance, which only began to creak in the latter stages of the match. Alex Carroll set John Raby on a run down the near touchline and the Spa winger’s strong run was held up just short of the line. Then Northover skipped over for a score, which he converted to bring Spa within touching distance of a win, but unfortunately the clock was against them and they fell just short in their attempts to claim a victory.
Full Time: 19 – 14
Next week Spa continue league duty and travel to Kidderminster, kick-off 3.00pm.