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Ledbury’s late Vase exit Bull’s got ‘The Power’ Published by
1:09pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Rugby
LEDBURY bowed out of the Midlands section of the RFU National Vase when they conceded an unconverted try in the penultimate play of a keenly-contested second round tie, going down 17-14 to Edwardians in Birmingham.
Steve Humphreys, the Ledbury second row, appeared to have taken possession of the ball as the Edwardians player was in the act of grounding it, but the try was awarded, leaving the visitors only a few seconds to regain the lead.
This was one of a number of controversial decisions that affected both sides throughout the contest and which prevented either team from establishing consistent pressure situations.
Ledbury took the lead six minutes before the break, after good tackling from each defence had prevented earlier scores, when slick passing in the backs allowed centre Rob Anscomb to speed through a gap and touch down near the posts.
Winger Nick Frith, deputising for regular kicker George Bennion who was one of five backs unavailable for the match, added the conversion.
The hosts had the wind in their favour in the secondhalf and when they had scored two tries, one of which was converted, with 25 minutes remaining, it was clearly going to be hard work for Ledbury to win the game.
The Herefordshire outfit’s scrum and line-out both held up well, however, in the face of bigger forwards and when quick turnover ball was won in midfield with 10 minutes left, centre Matt Hallett outpaced the defence to bring the scores level.
Frith’s second conversion of the afternoon then appeared to have won the game for Ledbury, before Edwardians’ swooped for their late clincher.
Ledbury return to league action at home to Evesham in Midlands Three West (South) tomorrow (3pm) on what will be an important day for the club.
A vice-president’s dinner before the game will be followed at 6pm by a sports quiz for members, supporters and visitors.
Ledbury are currently fourth in the table, on 14 points from their opening four games, after winning three-in-a-row.
The Ross Road side are five points behind leaders Cheltenham North.
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