19th Jan, 2019

Harbury miss opportunity to leapfrog mid-table rivals Pershore

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.

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