HEREFORD were left disappointed to concede a late try after fighting their way back into the tie against Dudley Kingswinford.

The Wyesiders responded from being 12-0 down inside the second half with 12 unanswered points which saw them level coming into the last 10 minutes, only for Dudley to score a winning try.

Captain Tom Ewins said: “It was a tough game today, we made slow starts to both halves and spent a lot of the game in defence.

"We found a bit of form in the second half and began playing in the right areas. We kicked to the corners and used our driving lineouts to our advantage and scored two tries. The problem was holding them off for the last ten minutes, we fell off our tackles a bit maybe.

"We are confident everything is coming together, but we are missing that last killer blow. "Too often we get into our opponents 22 and fail to come away with points, we need to work on that on the training paddock."

The closest Hereford came to scoring in the first half was when a catch and drive got to the whitewash, but was adjudged by the referee to come up short.

Dudley responded and their pressure eventually told when they moved the ball for Connah Jones to cross in the corner.

Early in the second period DK turned Hereford over and a driving run into the 22 saw full-back Sam Vaughan cross in the corner before converting his own try.

In a ten-minute spell Hereford scored a pair of signature tries from lineouts deep in the visitor's territory.

Gareth Jones and Ollie Hutcheson each broke from a catch and drive move to register the tries and draw them back to 12-12 on 67 minutes.

Parity did not last long, as the visitor's broke through midfield and winger Nick Adams touched down in the corner for the winning score.