LRFC XV League Match Report v Manor Park home 9 March 2019
Ledbury 72 Old Yardleians 13
This was the most bizarre of matches, following Ledbury’s narrow defeat at Old Leamingtonians the previous week, the home side was keen to atone for poor discipline, which had allowed their Warwickshire hosts an unexpected victory.
In perfect conditions, Ledbury began well, testing the Old Yardleians defence with some early pressure- a quick heel from a scrum near the halfway line saw No 8 Osbourne outpace the defence for a great solo try, which was unconverted. Buoyed by this early score, Ledbury relaxed allowing Yardleians to score a penalty after a Ledbury infringement. Ledbury’s lineout was somewhat flaky, due to having only one jumper and Yardleians briefly held the lead when they scored in the corner. George Bennion, however, struck back with a somewhat laboured try which he failed to convert.
As the first half progressed, Ledbury gained both fluency in their passing and vital territory. A Yardleians infringement allowed Bennion to increase Ledbury’s lead. The visitors were still battling hard to say in contention and were duly rewarded shortly before half time with a try after a some great handling by the backs. 13 all at the halfway mark and all to play for.
The second half was a completely different story. With the advantage of the slope and having tightened up their discipline and the lineouts, Ledbury scored almost immediately when Johnny Whitting latched onto a close pass and cantered over from 40 metres, which Bennion converted. Next up Cam Hunter celebrated his 21st Birthday with a well taken try in the corner. From now on it was one way traffic as Ledbury amassed a huge score, interrupted only by stoppages for Yardleians players who were struggling with the pace of the match. Whitting scored his second when he managed to charge down a Yardleians kick, and was on hand to score his third try minutes later, after an incisive break by Hunter. Flanker Ed Mence completed a particularly busy afternoon’s work with his first try in LRFC colours under the posts.
By now Ledbury were scoring at will to the delight of a huge home crowd, bolstered by the participants of a Sponsors Lunch. From the restart kick off, Matt Hallett made 50 metres before passing to Whitting for his fourth try of the match. Charlie Barber-Starkey come off the wing to score next and the two final scores came from second row forward Garth Peake to complete the second half mauling.
Gripping stuff and a showcase of just what Ledbury are capable of when they put their minds to it! April 6th sees an away fixture against Pinley, currently lying top of the league. It will be a big ask but Ledbury can travel with confidence on the back of this emphatic win.