Whitchurch 22 pts Hereford 8

HEREFORD scrum-half Ollie Llewellyn will be out of action for around three weeks after suffering a neck injury.

The match was halted 15 minutes from time and Llewellyn received treatment on the field.

Play then resumed on Whitchurch’s second-team pitch.

Llewellyn was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment, but Hereford head coach Mark Harris said the scrum-half was OK. “He’s fine, but will be out for two to three weeks,” said Harris.

“The paramedics didn’t want to move him on a stretcher, so we went to the second team’s pitch and carried on playing there.” Hereford struggled throughout against Whitchurch and were always playing catch-up.

The home team raced over to score two tries within the opening 13 minutes in the Midlands One West game and increased it by the half-hour mark with another try.

Hereford opened their account through Charlie Loughman’s penalty before half-time, but they could not build on that after the break and Whitchurch scored their fourth try of the game.

Hereford managed a try of their own through Jon Smith, but it was too little too late.

“It was disappointing to lose because we played so well, but we were always chasing the game,” said Harris. “We have got Northwich away on Saturday and we want to win to build some momentum. No team is going to roll over in this league and our aim is to finish in the top five.”