RUGBY UNION - Alcester show fight in Ledbury defeat - The Stratford Observer

RUGBY UNION - Alcester show fight in Ledbury defeat

Stratford Editorial 30th Jan, 2024 Updated: 1st Feb, 2024   0

ALCESTER RFC suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since October after losing 29-19 against high-flying Ledbury.

Jack Green crossed twice while Lewis Wright also touched down for Alcester who showed plenty of fight at Kings Coughton.

The result means Alcester sit sixth in the Counties 1 Midlands West (South) table.

Ledbury crossed for the game’s first try after just three minutes following a catch and drive at a lineout as the visitors dominated at the set piece.

However, Alcester hit back straight from the restart as Green crashed over after good work from Oscar Holland who pounced on a Ledbury mistake.

The away side stretched their lead with a try in the corner after another strong scrum before Alcester lost Ed Gough to the sin bin for dissent.

Ledbury made the most of the man advantage to score their third try out wide and almost added a fourth before the break only to knock-on in the act of scoring.

However, Alcester responded at the start of the second half as Green crashed through several tackles to score under the posts and Ed Gough kicked the conversion after sustained pressure on the Ledbury line.

Ledbury scored their bonus point try straight from the restart before having a player sent to the sin bin as Wright made the most of the man advantage to score Alcester’s third try with Gough converting.

The visitors eventually sealed the win when Alcester lost replacement lock Nigel Burrows to the sin bin for infringement at a ruck and Ledbury ran in their fifth try of the match.

Alcester are next in action away at Luctonians II on Saturday, February 3 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Mortimer Park.

Elsewhere, the club’s second team lost 36-19 away at Camp Hill 3rds as their opponents fielded a number of second team players.

After conceding a try early on, Alcester responded when Luke Spencer broke through the Camp Hill defence to score under the posts before converting his own try.

However, Camp Hill took control of the game with three tries in the space of 20 minutes before Josh Ellis dotted down for Alcester with the conversion attempt successful.

Alcester improved after the break and scored a well-deserved third try through James Bates before Camp Hill emptied the bench and scored two late tries.


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