HEREFORD RFC coach Alun Richards blamed 'poor execution' in the last 20 minutes of the game as his side were beaten 17-10 at home to Newbold on Avon.

The Wyesiders put in a much-improved performance against Newbold and were unlucky to leave with just a losing point.

Hereford started the game strongly and a strong break by Tom Ewins supported by Levi Hughes took play into the Newbold 22. Play remained in the Newbold red zone for several minutes, but unforced errors prevented a score.

The visitors took play into the Hereford half and following a scrum, drove the defenders over the line for the first score, the try was improved to give Newbold a seven-point margin.

Hereford turned up the pressure and a succession of penalties were all kicked to touch but many of the resultant lineouts were lost.

Eventually a catch and drive from a lineout was driven over the line for skipper, Lewis Jordan to touch down for a try.

Callum Brayshaw’s conversion added the extra points to equalise the score at 7-7.

A Newbold penalty was the only additional first half score and at the break they held a lead of 10-7.

Newbold increased their advantage early in the second half with a second converted try and despite creating several good openings, Hereford were only able to add a Callum Brayshaw penalty.

Despite losing a large proportion of their own lineout ball, Hereford persisted in kicking most of the penalties they won to the corner and accruing little reward losing 17-10.

“I am disappointed with the end result, but it was a much-improved performance from last week at Malvern," said Richards.

"In the week we asked the boys to come out and put in a performance and that is what they did.

"It was just poor execution that cost us the game in the end, especially in the last twenty minutes, when we had opportunities to capitalise. We got in behind them, but didn’t execute.

"We missed lineouts, passes not going to hand and other unforced errors which ultimately ended with us failing to get the win in the end.

"We were lucky to get the losing bonus when the Newbold kicker hit the upright with a last-minute penalty attempt.

"We have plenty to work on and with two good sessions next week we shall see what we can do away from home at Old Halesonians.”