23rd Oct, 2019

Ledbury climb into the top three

Malvern Editorial 29th Jan, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PROMOTION-CHASING Ledbury RFC moved into the top three of Midlands Three West (South) after they clinched a 23-10 victory over bottom side Evesham on Saturday.

The Herefordshire outfit suffered a big set back last week when Cheltenham North condemned them to a heartbreaking 23-22 defeat at Ross Road.

But tries from skipper Jock Welch, Paul Rudland and Gary Nicholson ensured Ledbury got their bid for promotion back on track with a hard-fought victory at Blind Lane.

The visitors did not have it all their own way though, as Evesham scored the first try of the game after George Bennion opened the scoring on the 25th minute with a penalty.

Ledbury were punished for failing to clear their line as the hosts raced through to score.

Welch got his side back in front when he finished off a line-out drive, but it was Evesham who edged ahead at the interval as they landed a penalty to take a 10-8 advantage.

With strong winds and heavy rain making conditions increasingly difficult Ledbury’s forward pack came to the fore.

They were providing an excellent source of possession for the visitors who soon struck when scrum half Rudland dived over.

Bennion added a penalty on the 65th minute as Ledbury began to dominate proceedings.

And the victory, which leaves them just five points adrift of leaders Pinley, was sealed late on when number eight Nicholson crashed over in the corner, which Bennion converted.

Ledbury’s next fixture sees them host Shipston on Stour on Saturday (2.15pm).

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