LEDBURY RFC returned to competitive action for the first time in 18 months with a 19-14 victory over local rivals Bromyard in the North Midlands Shield.

Early in the tie Bromyard took the lead with John Pudge breaking free and creating a try.

Ledbury responded from a five-metre scrum with Ed Bennion crossing the whitewash.

However, a stray pass allowed Bromyard to capitalise to run over a second try and 14-5 lead at half-time.

After overcoming their early struggles Ledbury started gaining ground and after a set scrum, Bennion was able to crash over in the corner for a try, which Jamie Rayfield converted from out wide.

Ledbury made attack after attack, but poor handling or turnovers kept Bromyard in the hunt, until Rayfield scored a converted try to win the match.