LRFC 1st XV Match Report v Woodrush away 12 Jan 2019
Woodrush 15 Ledbury 7
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With an emphatic win under their belts from the previous week, Ledbury travelled up to Woodrush full of confidence. However they came up against a Woodrush team with equal determination and a point to prove, all with good reason, albeit a sad one.
That the game was played at all was testament to the memory of longstanding Woodrush player, Jack Connolly, who died tragically the week before while on a skiing holiday in France. The club decided to honour the fixture and a capacity crowd turned out to watch. So Woodrush had a massive incentive to lift themselves and spectators and play to win for their lost colleague.
With a blustery wind running the length of the pitch Woodrush had the advantage in the first half but Ledbury managed to hold the opposition out as Woodrush came and came again within five meters of their line. Inevitably the pressure had to give and from a dominant Woodrush pack drive they took the first points but missed the conversion. Ledbury retaliated with a rare foray into the Woodrush half and Matt Hallett did what he does best, scything through the back line to score under the posts with an easy conversion for George Bennion.
With their pride at stake Woodrush immediately came back to dab done again with a successful conversion. Half time 12-7.
Ledbury had the wind advantage in the second half and although they spent 80% of the half inside the Woodrush 22 there was absolutely no way that Woodrush would countenance a breach of their defences. After battering away incessantly Ledbury squandered their chances through unforced errors and then were caught on the hop scurrying back in retreat to give away a penalty in kicking distance and so gifting Woodrush the only three points in the second half.
All credit to Woodrush they were fired up to do their best in honour of their lost player and deserved the win in a very close contest. So an unexpected defeat for Ledbury but arguably for the best possible reasons.
Next Saturday the 19th sees a home game against Alcester, kick off 2.15, and still time to get your tickets for the Stephen Jones pre 6 Nations curry event on Friday the 25th Jan.