RUGBY UNION: HARBURY missed a chance to leapfrog mid-table rivals Pershore at the weekend in their latest Midlands 4 West (South) clash.
A final play try for Pershore wrapped up the points for the home side, who established a six-point gap between themselves and Harbury as a result of the win.
Pershore took the early lead when a try was scored close to the posts, though this wasn’t converted as a straight forward conversion attempt was charged down.
Harbury responded immediately with an excellent try through Ricky Bearman, who took a line out ball in the home 22 and burst through cover to add an unconverted try and level the scores.
Pershore hit back with a penalty before Harbury added a pair of tries through Ricky Alford and Paul Evans as Harbury moved 17-8 ahead.
A yellow card reduced Harbury to 14 men, and Pershore needed no second invitation to exploit Harbury’s weaknesses as they quickly added a try on the left wing.
Still a man short, Harbury conceded again in controversial fashion when the final pass appeared to have travelled forwards.
Nonetheless Pershore led 17-18.
Bearman then crossed over as Harbury took the lead once more – the score now 22-18.
Harbury were once more reduced to fourteen with an alleged tip tackle.
The lost man again cost Harbury as Pershore converted a penalty and registered a converted try to take the lead to six points.
The gap was reduced to a single point when Matt Morphet crossed over, but Pershore scored in the closing minutes to scoop the points.