18th Nov, 2019

Ledbury make Shield progress

Malvern Editorial 21st Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THERE appears to be no stopping Ledbury RFC as they defeated Midlands Two outfit Kidderminster 21-15 to clinch a place in the last four of the North Midlands Shield.

The Herefordshire outfit, who are top of Midlands Three (South), outplayed their higher ranked opponents at Ross Road on Saturday as tries from Matt Hallett, Ali Martin and Jamie Rayfield saw them to victory.

Their defence also held up well in the early stages before Ledbury opened the scoring when Hallett touched down under the posts, which George Bennion converted.

The fly half had the chance to extend their lead after the visitors hit back with a try of their own, but his penalty effort went wide.

With just two points separating the two sides at half time, Ledbury upped the ante at the start of the second period and they soon added another converted try, with Martin going over.

The hosts began to dominate possession with strong scrummaging and tackling around the fringes denying Kidderminster any room to attack.

Ledbury then pulled further clear at 21-5 when Rayfield intercepted a pass before sprinting through to score, which Bennion converted.

Two yellow cards allowed the visitors to  reduce the deficit with two unconverted tries in the final five minutes, but it was too little too late as Ledbury hung on.

League action returns on Saturday with league leaders Ledbury facing Manor Park at home (2.15pm), while Midlands One West outfit Malvern take on Kenilworth at Spring Lane on Saturday (2.15pm).

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