England are in the Final
Come and watch at the club.
The club is open yet again to host you while you try to relax and watch England’s biggest game for 16 years. Having swamped the All Blacks at their own game England now take on the green machine from Africa. Will England play their sublime, crushing style and romp to another World Cup victory or will SA try to play the territorial arm wrestle to grind out a win? Fascinating! If you want a seat get there early!
In the meantime have a look JW’s account of the “Match in the Monsoon” played last weekend at home v Stoke Old Boys. Congratulations also to the 2nds who beat Dursley to become league leaders.
Also don’t forget the 3rd – 4th place play-off between Wales and NZ on Friday at 9am. Come on Wales!
LRFC 1st XV Match Report v Stoke Old Boys home 26 Oct 2019
Ledbury 15 Stoke Old Boys 10
After the euphoria of the RWC game in the morning, with early spectators enjoying a “Full English” in more ways than one it was touch and go whether the pitches would be playable but playing in monsoon like conditions, the River Leadon already creeping towards the first team pitch was never going to help the handling.
Ledbury started well with George Bennion stepping inside tacklers to ultimately score out wide, for an unconverted try. Ledbury continued to cause problems for Stoke Old Boys who were fielding a make piece team. Against the run of play Stoke Old Boys’ Connor Slater hacked on a loose Ledbury pass to score under the posts, converted by Tom Stokes.
Ledbury responded with an excellent try for Jamie Rayfield, again unconverted, to go in leading 10-7 at half time. Early in the second half Ledbury were poised to capitalise on the visitor’s slower pack and it was not long before No8 James Porter crashed through in the corner.
The conditions meant that Ledbury found difficulty in converting territorial gain into points due to unforced handling errors and it was Stoke Old Boys who found a new lease of life in the last ten minutes with some tremendous forward orientated surges. Their reward was a well struck penalty, all too late, which wound up the match with Ledbury deserved victors.
Meanwhile Ledbury Second XV welcomed a severely depleted Dursley Seconds who had to borrow a number of players……a convincing home win 41-7 all the same with the game finished early in the atrocious conditions and without full floodlights as the regular number 2 pitch with lights was a lake well before kick-off! It did mean that the Ledbury squad of 22 all got game time, whatever side they were on!
Report: John Wilesmith
Unfortunately no photos this week as Jackie was unable to get to the club because of the rain.
Next Saturday sees no senior games but the Pavilion Rooms will be open early to host a Rugby World Cup Final Big Breakfast. With three screens showing the game, the atmosphere is bound to be tense, electric, thrilling! We may even have a few South Africa supporters in.