LEDBURY RFC will continue their promotion push into next year with momentum following an emphatic 67-28 victory over Bromsgrove seconds.

With players returning from injury and a expectant crowd of around 250 spectators enjoying the Christmas VP lunch, Ledbury were in fine form for their last fixture of 2023 going into the Christmas break.

From the outset Ledbury showed great intent and the hosts battered the Bromsgrove line before Ed Bennion crash over for a Jack Hughes converted try (7-0).

However, Bromsgrove showed early fighting spirit and hacked out from their own half to score two soft tries (7-14).

Ledbury were soon back knocking on the Bromsgrove door and Dave Sutherland burrowed his way over for a converted try to level the score.

Buoyed by this, Ledbury fielded the restart and quickly advanced towards the Bromsgrove line, a scrum penalty was awarded and, from the ensuing driving maul, allowed Iolo Bubb to bundle over untouched in the corner (19-14).

The Bromsgrove pack was under the pump and conceding penalties to Ledbury in an attempt to keep them out, but it wasn’t long before a great passing movement saw winger Luke Clarke score in the corner (24-14).

From the kick off, Bromsgrove won a penalty for a Ledbury infringement but then their discipline broke down entirely and with a yellow card awarded for dissent.

The resulting kick for the corner saw the lineout won and mauled back to the backline and Cam Smith ran in untouched (29-14).

Ledbury, using the slope to advantage in the second half, began with a bang, the whole team combining well to see Luke Clarke score again.

The home side continued to play with confidence and Hughes went close with a great solo effort, however from the ensuing scrum, a penalty try was awarded (41-14).

Ledbury were now out of sight and Tom Assal was peerless, making searingly superb breaks allowing the forwards to finish the job as Ed Bennion touched down from a five-metre scrum.

Bromsgrove rallied and at last responded with a well taken try after they had built half a dozen phases to touch down at close range (46-21).

The visitors discipline let them down again and Ledbury were able to dominate territory and reward Tom Assal with a barnstorming try.

Unfortunately he was soon to receive a yellow card for a tackling offence, giving Bromsgrove the opportunity to reciprocate with a chip kick and grant a consolation try for their winger (53-28).

Stung by this try, Ledbury continued to build a solid platform and when the way was clear, Bubb waltzed his way over for a try from close range.

Ledbury were not finished as they continued to attack and a final flourish from the backs that saw Luke Clarke force his way over for his hat trick (67-28).