LEDBURY came from behind to grind out a 19-13 victory over 10th-placed Old Yardleians at Ross Road.

But their failure to claim maximum points allowed Shipston-on-Stour who thrashed Coventry Welsh 71-0 to leapfrog them into fourth position in Midlands Three West (South).

Old Yards opened the scoring in the first minute when their flanker hacked on for his scrum-half to chase and touch down over the line.

For the next 20 minutes Ledbury continued to struggle and the visitors went 8-0 in front thanks to a penalty.

Play continued in the same manner until wing Chris Stokes blindsided Old Yards with a trailblazing run down the touchline to score which was converted.

Ledbury then went 14-8 ahead just before half-time when Cam Hunter went over from a driving maul.

The game had taken an awkward downshift due to an unnatural amount of penalties stopping and starting at regular intervals.

Yellow cards were subsequently dished to both sides evenly, James Seager and Chris Simcock leaving the field.

Old Yards cut back the deficit with an unconverted try but after a long period of sustained pressure Stokes slipped through for the vital score.

Fifth-placed Ledbury host high-flying Pinley on Saturday (2.15pm).