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Rusty Evesham crash to opening Shield reverse
8:30am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
EVESHAM started their season with a 24-0 home defeat to Shrewsbury in the North Midlands Shield preliminary round.
They began poorly by conceding an early penalty when Alex Jackson was caught isolated and holding onto the ball.
Evesham got into gear and exerted pressure on the visitors with Shrewsbury conceding a penalty just outside the 22 after solid phases from the home forwards.
But, with a strong sidewind, Mike Diston could not convert the opportunity.
The next 20 minutes saw mistakes from both sides who lacked match sharpness.
However, Evesham enjoyed plenty of first-half pressure and territory as the new scrum technique worked in their favour, particularly for Tom Gazey, Luke Matthews and Kerren Lippett.
But Shrewsbury made the most of Evesham ill-discipline to grab an undeserved try, making it 10-0 at halftime.
The Vale side then gifted possession away, leading to a converted try for Shrewsbury who added another after poor defending.
Evesham improved with the help of scrum-half Dan Humpston and will take a lot of positives despite not carving out clear chances.
Their first Midlands Three West (South) game is at home to Southam on September 14.
- Evesham’s youth section, based off Albert Road, open their doors from 10.30am on Sunday for registration day.
They have a fun day and girls’ tag rugby tournament on Sunday, September 15.
There are teams from under sevens to 16s for boys and girls with new players welcome.
Matches are mostly on Sunday mornings alongside tag rugby training for under sixes.
The colts squad for under 17s to 19s train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm and host Kidderminster Carolians on Sunday in their North Midlands League opener (2pm).
- Pershore lost 31-26 at Handsworth in their final pre-season friendly.
They were let down by poor defensive work, conceding three first-half tries with Martin Hope and Scott Morris both replying. Playing downhill in the second period, Pershore prop Damo May scored after a 30-yard forward drive following a lineout.
But indiscipline led to two quick Handsworth tries despite a late reply from new fly-half Adam Peechy.
Pershore host Veseyans on Saturday in the North Midlands Shield first round (3pm).
- Bredon Star hammered Birmingham Barbarians 124- 0 in the North Midlands Vase preliminary round.
Star have an open day on Sunday from 10am.
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