LUCTONIANS made it five wins on the bounce to consolidate their fifth placed position in National League 2 West, as they came away with bonus point 14-26 victory at Hornets.

On a wet and blustery day down in the South West, the visitors made the early running and their pressure would result in a yellow card for Hornets flanker Ayden Chenoweth.

From the resulting passages of play the Herefordshire men applied concerted pressure at set piece and this allowed Aiden Cheshire to power over from the back of a scrum for his first score of the day, with Tom Jones converting for 0-7 after 12 minutes.

Hornets would hit back immediately and following a couple of phases in the Lucs 22, centre Adam Francis crashed over the line close to the ruck, with full back Charlie Carter tying the scores with his conversion after 15 minutes.

An entertaining first quarter of the game was brought to a close with another score for the black and whites, as winger James Wheeler was put into space, before he then beat two defenders to go over in the corner, with Jones adding a superb conversion, Lucs led 7-14 after 20 minutes.

That would be the end of the scoring for the half, but not the end of the action, as Luctonians’ defence was put under severe scrutiny for a period, when Ben Link was sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements.

The visitors saw this out though with a big effort and took a handy 7-14 lead to the break having played into the wind.

Early in the second the visitors created a two score buffer as Seb Robinson dotted down at the back of a powerful driving maul on 47 minutes. With Jones again nailing the touchline conversion the lead was out to 14 points.

But Hornets have been a tough nut to crack for all-comers to their Hutton Moor Road ground this season and Lucs almost regretted missing a number of chances to put the game to bed.

Back-to-back penalties gave the hosts field position and they made no mistake, with a driving maul of their own, from which replacement flanker Eric Luczka would dot down. Carter again kicking the extras and it was now 14-21, with 18 minutes to play.

However, it was Luctonians who turned the screw on a Hornets scrum 10 metres from their own line.

The visitors won the ball and marched the hosts over their own line for the excellent Aiden Cheshire to dot down his second score, the bonus point try for Lucs and the decisive blow in this game with five minutes remaining as the game ended 14-26

Ryan Watkins’s men are back on the road this weekend down to Old Redcliffians in Bristol, as they seek to try and climb into fourth position in the National League standings.