A RESOLUTE defensive display helped Ledbury beat a power-packed Alcester side 27-8 in Midlands Three West (South) at Ross Road.

Alcester made it clear from the outset that they were going give Ledbury a run for their money as Max Biltclife struck a 40-metre penalty.

After George Bennion levelled the scores with a three-pointer of his own the visitors pummelled the try-line only for great tackling to keep them at bay.

Despite Alcester’s dominance up front Ledbury went ahead when Jamie Rayfield’s chip was gathered by Chris Stokes to score which Bennion converted.

From the restart the hosts struck again as Hallett outstripped the Alcester defence with a 70-metre run to touch down under the posts.

Bennion added the extras before landing a penalty to give Ledbury a 20-3 lead at half-time.

With Ledbury’s pack struggling against the powerful Alcester scrummage they soon conceded a pushover try.

Alcester continued to dominate play but Ledbury held firm before settling the contest with a breakaway score.

After turning the ball over on Ledbury’s five-metre line play was moved wide to Hallett before launching an attack and Rayfield crossed the whitewash.

Fourth-placed Ledbury visit Berkswell and Balsall on Saturday (2.15pm).