Rugby union
Evesham hold their nerve to win a thriller

By Liam Moakes Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 15:27

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Evesham 32 Woodrush 22

Midlands Three West (South)

EVESHAM had to show all of their fighting qualities to see off tough opposition in the shape of Saturday’s visitors Woodrush and cement fourth place.

The hosts got off to their customary slow start and, after conceding a penalty on the ten-metre line, the ball was kicked to the corner and the resulting pressure led to a try for Woodrush, who then extended their lead to 8-0 with a penalty.

Evesham then began to play and, after Corbett had given them field position, the front row of Stock, Henry Webb and Greatrix provided a platform for the likes of Stef Lasota and Sam Huckvale to create space for Alex Jackson to score under the posts, converted by Diston, to make it 8-7.

Woodrush then responded and bagged another penalty from Evesham who gave Woodrush field position to launch a forward onslaught. Brave defence from Dziczkaniece, Zak Shotton and Chambers could not prevent a converted Woodrush score which put the visitors 15-7 up.

A response was needed and good lineout work from Pete Taylor and Clive Smart allowed Shotton to break from a maul and release Webb to fall over the line, impressing the fans and making the score 15-12.

The momentum of the game swung Woodrush’s way again though as they scored a well converted try to lead 22-12 and really put the hosts under pressure.

Evesham started the second half strongly with Humpston and Corbett giving them good territory and the next score came their way when a Jackson break through the midfield resulted in a weighted pass to Diston who gatherered and offloaded to Huckvale who crossed to make it 22-17.

The home side began to gather momentum and, after good forward phases by Garrett, Taylor and Dziczkaniece, the ball came to Diston who chipped over the opposition defence for Zac Reid to gather and score which levelled proceedings.

With the game on a knife-edge things could have gone either way, but a huge forward effort earned the hosts a penalty 15m in from touch.

Diston stepped up and nudged Evesham into the lead for the first time at 25-22 and, with both sides battling hard, Evesham managed to seal victory after impressive work from Hopkins fed Lasota who had made a 60m break from his own half before he offloaded to the supporting Jackson, who finished off a great game with a fine try.

Tomorrow Evesham host Ledbury in what should prove to be another entertaining affair on the evidence of the sides’ first meeting this season in October.

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