Sat 18
1st XV
Pershore put to the sword!!!

Pershore put to the sword!!!

By Gary Bonsor
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Great performance from the young Shipston side

Shipston produced their best performance of the season so far against a very good Pershore side who last week demolished Woodrush.
Although from kick off Shipston put themselves under pressure for failing to deal with a high ball and were forced to defend their line which they did and using the strong wind,crept into the Pershore half.
They won good ball on the visitors 22 and fed captain Matt Corby who despite carrying a injury,ran a great line to score under the posts which Rob James easily converted 7-0.
On 11 minutes Shipston produced several phases of play to create an opening for full back
Josh Bird to force himself over to give Shipston a 12-0 lead.
3 minutes later George Weywell carried on Shipston's pressure to burst through several tackles to give the home side a unbelievable 17-0 lead.
Pershore then hit back after again Shipton failed to deal with a kick off which resulted in unnecessary pressure on their own line for them to score a converted try 17-7.
There then came a 20 minute period where Shipston came under constant pressure from Pershore,especially in the scrums where the bigger,heavier Pershore pack had the advantage.
On 34 minutes from a line out and ruck on the Shipston line,Pershore reduced the lead to 17-12.Shipston hit back,and only yards from the visitors line Shipston spilled the ball for Pershore to spin the ball out wide using their fast backs to run the length of the field to give them a 17-19 half time lead.
Despite against the strong wind now 5 minutes into the second half Jack Barnard burst through to score a converted try to make it 24-19 to Shipston and 4 minutes later Dan Taylor used his speed down the touch line to score a fine individual try to put Shipston in a strong 29-19 lead.
On 60 minutes Pershore hit back with their forwards winning constant scrum ball to make it 29-26.
Were Shipston going to tire and lose?no!Jack Coupland broke through to set up John Campbell,who had a fine game to force himself through several tackles to score under the posts which Rob James converted. 36-26.
With only 10 minutes left Shipston were not home yet,Pershore hit back with a try which earned Tom Corby a yellow card and gave them a penalty from the resulting kick off.36-31.
But the 14 were not to be denied and with 5 minutes to go scored the final try of the match to run out winners(and in the excitement I forgot to note who scored it!) 41-31.
A truly fantastic performance in which EVERY player gave 100% against a very good Pershore team.

Very hard to pick a man of the Match-but I have to pick Jack Barnard who stood out in the way he marshaled his troops and lead from the front.

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Sat 18, Oct 2014




Midlands 3 West (South)