HEREFORD RFC head coach Scott Sturdy praised his side for finding a way to win despite finding lowly Evesham a surprise package, running out 19-13 victors.

The visitors belied their low league position with a lively performance and a well-disciplined defence which Hereford found difficult to break down.

However, a second half brace of tries from Jack Goodwin and a further courtesy of Connor Sullivan was enough to take the Wyesiders to another victory.

There was also another fine performance from the Hereford 1870s at Droitwich. They beat their second string by 45-12 scoring seven tries in the process.

Tries were scored by Hugo Lamar, Nathan Watkins, James Lawrence (2), Dan Mills (2) and Fletcher Smith. Ollie Bullied converted five of the tries.

“Another pleasing weekend for Hereford Rugby Club, wins for both our teams,” said Sturdy.

“The game at home against Evesham was challenging, they performed really well. If they continue to play like that, they don’t look like a team that will end up in the bottom three.

“We created some very good opportunities in the first half, were very wasteful and didn’t take any, which resulted in us going in at half-time six points down.

“It was very pleasing to see the lads come together, not panic and work out a way to win the game. We scored three tries in the second half which should have been four or five. Sometimes when you’re on a winning run you don’t play well every week. You have to find a way to get the job done and that’s what we did. “

“Overall, what a great start to the season, both teams with five from six, some big challenges to come and we shall find out a lot about ourselves as a team.”

Hereford playing up the slope and against a stiff breeze threw the ball around right from the start, but too many errors prevented them capitalising on a number of clear scoring chances

Conceding too many penalties, the Hereford Achilles heel, cost them six points. Evesham slotted a brace of penalties giving them the advantage at half-time.

Inside five minutes of the second half, from a breakdown in mid field, scrum half Connor Sullivan fed Dean Powell.

Powell’s well-timed off load to Jack Goodwin gave him the space to outflank the defence and run in behind the posts, Josh Wright added the extra points.

A break by Levi Hughes on the left wing from inside his own half was carried on by Sullivan for the second try, Wright’s conversion attempt hit the post.

Sullivan was involved again in Hereford’s third try, his pass to Goodwin saw him drive over for the try converted by Wright.

Evesham responded and some determined running took them into home territory, eventually the pressure told and the visitors reduced the deficit with a converted try.

The final few minutes consisted of Evesham attacks which were held out by some solid Hereford defence.