LEDBURY RFC survived another tough test as they clinched a 16-12 victory at Pershore on Saturday which keeps them in touch at the top.
Accurate kicking from George Bennion and a second half try from Kevin Murphy saw the Herefordshire outfit edge past a determined home side at Mill Lane as they remain five points off Midlands Three West (South ) leaders Old Yardleians.
Pershore signalled their intentions within the opening 30 seconds as they went in under the posts for a converted try.
However, Ledbury’s heavier pack kept the Ross Road side on top through the opening period as they closed gap to within a point half time thanks to two penalties from Bennion.
The scrum-half added another three points after the interval to move his side in front before the visitors struck the decisive try through Murphy, Bennion converted.
Pershore continued to plug away and cut back the deficit with an unconverted try with less than 15 minutes remaining. But Ledbury refused to let their lead slip as John Watkins put in a crunching tackle to deny the hosts a dramatic late score.