STRATFORD girls enjoyed the perfect start with victory in their first ever touch rugby match.
The 14-strong squad faced a visiting Pershore team, who were also playing their first match, and two friendlies ended with a 4-2 win to Stratford and a 3-3 draw.
Both Stratford and Pershore’s senior sides play in the Midlands Ladies Touch League and the focus for Sunday’s historic encounter was to allow the girls to develop their skills and game knowledge.
In the first match, Stratford crossed the line first with a score on the outside. Pershore levelled early in the second half but Stratford immediately responded with another two tries.
There were some really good dummy passes and snaking runs from both sides and Pershore scored a second try from a fantastic team move.
However, Stratford scored the sixth and final try of the game to secure victory.
It was then decided to increase the size of the pitch to provide more space for running rugby and also introduce the rolling substitution concept for the second game.
Both teams showed impressive defence throughout and there were some fine attacking plays as it ended 3-3 draw.
The girls train on Sunday from 11am to noon and welcome anyone aged under nine to under 14 (years four to nine). Visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/stratforduponavon or the Facebook page for details.