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Returning Morris stars as Luctonians beat Caldy in National Two North
1:00pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 in Sport
Luctonians 29 pts Caldy 10 pts.
LUCTONIANS turned on the style to overturn a half-time deficit and gain a second successive National Two North bonus-point victory.
Caldy took the lead on five minutes when fly-half Bret Prior’s kick was charged down by his opposite number Richard Vasey who hacked the ball downfield for winger Mathew Van Setima to win the race for the touch-down.
Vasey converted but the home side hit back when flanker Chris Harris claimed a try after a driving maul with John Morris adding the conversion.
Only a last-ditch tackle by winger Alex Rumsey prevented a score for Ben Eaves but Caldy regained the lead, after a spell of pressure, with a Vasey penalty.
Luctonians broke out of defence when a grubber kick by centre Geraint Langdon set up a 70-metre punt and chase for full back Jimmy Norris only to be denied of a try by an awkward bouncing ball.
The home side started the second-half strongly with their forwards beginning to dominate and although Morris missed a penalty chance, he quickly made amends with his next opportunity to level the scores at 10 points each.
Referee Rowan Kitt lost patience with Caldy, who had conceded several penalties near their own try-line, and awarded a penalty try which Morris converted to put the Herefordshire side into the lead.
Using the wind to their advantage, Luctonians kept the visitors penned in their own half and, following a quickly-taken penalty, Morris crossed for an unconverted try.
Caldy number eight Craig Smithson almost took on the opposition single-handed in a man-of-the-match display but he could not stop the home side’s final try of the afternoon when another forward drive saw Paul Hulland touch down.
Morris converted to complete the victory, leaving Caldy, although well-beaten in the end, frustrated at failing to capitalise on missed first-half chances.
Luctonians face their first away match of 2013 on Saturday when they travel to Otley.
Evesham 16 pts Ledbury 31 pts.
LEDBURY produced their best Midlands Three West (South) performance of the season to overturn fourth-placed Evesham.
The Ross Road club are now benefiting from a settled side and their victory came as a result of a fine display of commitment and tackling.
Evesham went ahead with an early penalty but Kieram Hallam, who had an outstanding game in defence and attack, brushed off attempted tackles to go over near the posts.
George Bennion converted but Ledbury’s lead was short-lived with a penalty and a try restoring the home advantage.
The visitors showed their character, however, to hit back with a try from skipper Jock Welch, converted by Bennion, which gave them a 14-11 half-time lead.
Full-back Bennion, who impressed with his tackling, slotted a 47th minute penalty and then converted Hallam’s second try of the afternoon as Ledbury began to assert their control.
An interception try by Ben Smith, again converted by Bennion extended their lead to 20 points before a late consolation try, in the eighth minute of added time, gave Evesham a little more to show for their afternoon.