Ledbury v Old Leamingtonians home 24 Nov 2018
LRFC 1st XV Press Release: Ledbury v Old Leamingtonians home 24 Nov 2018 League Match
Ledbury 29 Old Leamingtonians 43
With crisp but erratically windy conditions, playing against league leaders Old Leamingtonians down the slope, Ledbury chose a high risk strategy from the outset- running the ball from their own 22 under pressure in the first quarter.
The first scrummage showed the raw power of the visitors and it was not long before the home defence was stretched, allowing winger Liam Wellings to score in the corner, converted by Henry Reynolds.
With similar dominance exerted, the next scrum was won against the head by Leamingtonians allowing Ollie Sarginson to find another gap in the Ledbury defence. Ledbury then rallied and nearly scored themselves through Matt Hallett who was brought down inches short of the line. Both teams were committed to playing at 100mph – Leamingtonians nearly extended the lead with a great solo run by Cieran O’Connor, but Ledbury held firm. The match degenerated somewhat due to unenforced errors, but it was Leamingtonians winger Liam Wellings who extended the lead with a well taken try. Matt Hallett eventually got Ledbury on the scoreboard after a good feed from veteran Stokes, which Rayfield converted. Leamingtonians continued to press and were rewarded with a final score in the first half for No 8 Hugh Melhuish which was converted by the reliable Henry Reynolds.
Trailing 7-26 and playing up the slope Ledbury drew first blood when Stokes put Hallett away for another try. Cam Hunter then dotted the ball over when Leamingtonians defence was found wanting and at 19-26 Ledbury were back in contention. Ozzie Alexander squeezed over in the corner as Ledbury’s revival continued. At 24-26 the game could have gone either way with a quarter of the game to go. However Leamingtonians scrummage was still far too strong for Ledbury and soon were able to muscle their way over for tries for Melhuish and Ben Perkins to put the match out of reach at 24-43. With a late rally Ledbury had the last word with a final unconverted try for Hallett in the corner.
So the visitors retain their place top of the table but Ledbury could easily have been in contention but for a number of unforced errors. The next league match is against Old Yardleians, lying tenth, away on Sat 1st Dec which Ledbury, lying third, can face with some confidence.