Pershore 33 Kings Norton 24
Midlands Four West (South)
PERSHORE climbed into third place thanks to a fourth win in five league games as they defeated a spirited Kings Norton at Piddle Park on Saturday.
Using their ball carriers well early on, Pershore made large inroads into their opponents’ half, with Luke Hardiman, Damien May and Mat Baker impressing and Alex Pullen, Josh Hardiman and man of the match Greg Hitchcock making big ground through the middle.
This pressure led to the decisive period of the match when Luke Hardiman, Pullen, May and Ash White all scored tries in quick succession, three converted by Rob Haines.
Pershore’s dominance was only interrupted by a Kings Norton try through Ed Fogg, who also added the extras, following a lack of concentration by the Piddle Parkers.
Pershore continued to play their strong game, but perhaps took their foot off the gas a little and allowed Kings back into the match just prior to half time with a pushover try from Sam Back to make it 26-12.
The second half was a different scenario, with Kings Norton getting more of the ball and the match opening up due to tired legs, although plenty of last-ditch tackling kept the scoreline the same for a good period of the half.
The home side once again made inroads with their strike runners and perhaps should have scored more tries to kill the game off, but the away team defended well and turned over a couple of scoring opportunities to clear their lines.
An indiscretion off the ball then reduced the home team to 14 for ten minutes and Kings Norton capitalised on the numerical advantage to score out wide through Alex Styliano.
This spurred the visitors on to chase the game and they threatened to score again, but Pershore held out with some resolute defence whilst they were a man down.
Pershore then got the decisive score when Hitchcock gathered up a loose ball from a lineout on halfway and scythed through the defence to score under the posts before Haines once again converted.
A late bonus point score for Kings Norton from Pete Crompton confirmed how important Pershore’s first half dominance was.
Pershore are without a league game this weekend and return to league duty at Redditch on November 5.