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Ledbury keep climbing
10:12am Friday 1st November 2013 in Rugby
LEDBURY Rugby Club leapt up to second in Midlands Three West (South) as they continued their pleasing start to the season.
The Ross Road side saw off struggling Evesham 31-17 at home and secured a handy bonus point from the win.
Ledbury are now just two points behind unbeaten leaders Cheltenham North ahead of tomorrow’s trip to fourthfrom- bottom Kings Norton.
They made a welcome return to winning ways after losing 22-19 at the top team from Gloucestershire and also going down 17-14 to Edwardians in the RFU Senior Vase Midlands second round.
Although not at their best, particularly in a disjointed first-half, Ledbury showed great control in the second period against Evesham and ran in five tries.
Ledbury struggled to impose themselves on the visitors from Worcestershire in the early stages, despite having the advantage of the slope and wind, and often conceded possession after working promising positions.
Evesham added to the frustration when they scored an unconverted try after 17 minutes but the hosts gradually improved as the half progressed.
Firstly, winger Matt Hallett finished off a fine handling move by sprinting clear to score by the posts after 25 minutes with George Bennion converting and then flanker Elliot Bee added a second try 10 minutes later.
It seemed Ledbury might add to their lead before the break but Evesham grabbed their second try before halftime and began the final 40 minutes with high hopes.
But the hosts played uphill with greater conviction as tries by Hallett and Bennion, the second of which the scorer converted, extended their lead to 24-10 after 55 minutes.
Evesham never gave up, however, and pulled themselves back into contention with a converted try as the final quarter began.
Urged on by their loyal supporters, the home team registered the last try of the afternoon when Jon Watkins crashed over after a surging break from scrum-half and captain Tom Houlbrook before Bennion’s conversion cemented the win.
Ledbury are one point ahead of third-placed Old Wheatleyans in the table after winning four of their first five league fixtures and hope to keep up the pressure on leaders Cheltenham in Birmingham this weekend.
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