Pershore 55 Upton 24
Midlands Four West (South)
NINE-TRY Pershore produced their best attacking display of the season to overpower table-toppers Upton on Saturday.
Playing their home game at Worcester for the second week in a row, Pershore came out of the blocks at pace. Mixing up attacking out wide and through the middle, Pershore scored early through fly-half Cam Bond.
The Pershore pressure continued and led to further tries by Gareth Richards, Stef Ellis and a second for Bond.
With a bonus point in the bag after 25 minutes, Pershore eased off and Upton got back in the game with a well-worked try. This sparked the men from Pershore back into action and two more tries from Josh Hardiman and Greg Hitchcock completed a very good first half which ended 36-5 to the hosts.
Upton, with the strong wind now at their backs, came back into the game in the second half and scored two early tries to lift their spirits and increase the pressure on Pershore.
However, Pershore hit back with two tries of their own through skipper Luke Hardiman and Dan Mayfield. The last ten minutes then went from end to end as both teams played some open, exciting rugby.
Upton earned themselves a well-deserved bonus point with a fourth try but it was Pershore who scored last with a second for the versatile Josh Hardiman.
The win moved Pershore up to fifth – eight points adrift of second place with six matches remaining – and they travel to Old Wheatlyans on Saturday for a rearranged league game.
Worcester 3rds 22 Pershore Socials 26
PERSHORE Socials completed a good weekend for the club by gaining a hard-fought victory over Worcester at Offerton Lane.
First half tries from Liam Charlton and Andy Jenkinson set Pershore on their way and great defensive work kept Worcester out in the early stages.
Both tries came from strong build-up play by the forward pack, allowing the backs to exploit gaps in the home team’s defence, either side of a Worcester score for a 12-5 half-time lead.
After the break Worcester came out strongest and scored early on to cut the deficit to 12-10, but Pershore hit back with another try out wide from Jenkinson after the pack laid the foundations.
Then Jacob Smith barged over from a tap penalty to seemingly put the visitors out of sight at 26-10, with Dave Snell making three conversions.
Worcester did not give up though and, with Pershore reduced to 13 men through injury, scored two more tries to peg the score back to 26-22, but the Piddle Park men were not to be outdone and some heroic defending in the final minutes cemented the victory.
Man of the match went to Jacob Smith who added a big defensive shift to his attacking prowess and score, just pipping Stef Staveley and debutant Adam Morgan who both had great games.