LEDBURY consolidated their league position in the upper echelons of the Counties 1 Midlands West (South) with a 59-14 away victory at Earlsdon.

The visitors capitalised on their early domination in the 10th minute mark when a break from deep by Cody Richardson-Wall resulted in Charlie Pallet catching the off load before dash in under the posts to score, easily converted by Jamie Rayfield (0-7).

Ledbury made hard work for themselves conceding countless penalties in the scrum and loose play.

From their fifth penalty chance Earlsdon were in striking position in front of the posts, well inside the Ledbury 22, but through lack of a kicking tee they missed.

Earlsdon however seemed to sense the apparent disarray in the Ledbury ranks and the home side swiftly capitalised with two well worked tries to make it 14-7.

Ledbury were looking for a response with Arron Almond and Jock Welch getting in the mix, allowing Tom Assal to probe the opposition line before Tom Hill seized his chance to make it (14-12).

Following a bit of confusion when a Ledbury penalty was reversed with Rob Gummer getting a yellow, it seemed unlikely that Ledbury would go in at the hallway mark in the lead but a rampant Ben Lewis thought otherwise and crashed through between the posts (14-19).

The second half saw numerous squad changes with Iolo Bubb, Jonny Whitting, and Ed Wallin all coming on.

Ledbury continued to rack up the penalty count until, closely matched by Earlsdon’s own infringements, from a lengthy Ben Mason kick, Ed Bennion was in from a driving maul and Iolo Bubb converted (14-26).

The sluice gates were opening and Jonny Whitting was next to cross the line from a kick charge down inside the Earlsdon 22, again the extras from Bubb (14-33). 

Having found their gear the younger elements of the Ledbury squad put on the pressure until Cam Smith jiggled through to make it 14-38.

Due to numerous Earlsdon injuries it then went to uncontested scrums and before long a Bubb chip through released Charlie Pallet to run in for a score. With a mighty impressive Bubb conversion it was (14-45).

Having looked mediocre for the first 50 odd minutes Ledbury reverted to usual expectations and the linking between a quick Tom Hill penalty duly fed down the line Ben Mason was in to score with more Bubb additions (14-52).

The visitors were now in full flow and within minutes a Cam Smith run linked with George Wallin to score with another successful conversion from Bubb (14-59).

Ledbury are in action against Leamington at home next Saturday (November 4).