Sat 31
1st XV


By Gary Bonsor
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Another battling performance with no return.

Shipston traveled to 5th place Pershore knowing points were needed to get out of the relegation battle.Both teams contested early exchanges strongly and the gap in league positions wasn't visible.But Pershore started to gain more possession and broke the deadlock after 10 minutes when their bigger and heavier pack won a lineout and from the following maul went over to take a 5-0 lead.
They repeated the same ploy 5 minutes later with the same result-10-0.
Shipston to their credit continued to contest every ball and came back into the match.But they were dealt a blow them hooker and captain Matt Corby limped off with a groin injury.But on 32 minutes the visitors finally got onto the scoreboard with a well struck penalty from Rob James to make it 10-3.With half time approaching Pershore stepped up a gear to score a converted try to make the half time score 17-3.
The 2nd half continued with both sides cancelling each other and it wasn't until the 70 minute when,despite Pershore knocking the ball on,missed by the official again, scored a converted try to make it 24-3.
This was followed by another scrappy try as play opened up-29-3.
Shipston forwards though finally won some quality ball in the Pershore half to set up Justin Saker for a fine try to narrow the score to 29-8.
But Pershore had the finally say when they again scored from a undetected knock on to make the final score-34-8.
The young Shipston side showed great commitment through out-just need to be more street wise and keep their discipline and I'm sure they will go from strength to strength but with only Upton and Manor Park below them now-time is running out.
My man of the match-Jack Copeland-fine performance at tighthead.
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Sat 31, Jan 2015




Midlands 3 West (South)