HEREFORD were left ruing conceding two 'soft' tries as Droitwich held them to a 19-19 draw.

The Wyesiders twice tried tried running the ball from inside their 22 in the first quarter and were turned over on both occasions allowing a brace of converted tries and 14 unanswered points within 21 minutes.

Hereford responded and Jack Aldous-Fountain moved the ball wide to Tom Ewins to cross the whitewash for their opening try seven minutes later.

From the Droitwich restart Hereford recovered the ball and drew level when they ran the ball wide. Connor Sparrow broke through a tackle to run 40 yards for his first try in a Hereford jersey and James Stubbs’ conversion tied the score at 14 apiece.

Hereford started the second half as they finished the first, looking to open up the Droitwich defence with their passing game.

Some driving play led to the ball being moved out to Sean Day who scored an unconverted try in the corner for a 19-14 lead.

However, with just over five minutes remaining Droitwich found a gap in the corner for the equalising try.

A disappointed Bob Stewart, standing in for Sean Lynn, said: “Attitudes were poor, often the forwards allowed Droitwich to gain easy yards.

"Over the last few weeks, the defence has been fantastic, but today they just waited for it to happen and we gave away two soft tries.

"At 14-0 down and we made a few changes, brought on Richard Jones and Gus Lowther for his first game of the season and it freshened things up. We scored two good tries and might have scored a couple more, the defence and support of the ball carrier was now good, but the composure was still not there."