A YOUNG Ledbury side maintained their promotion push in the Counties 1 Midlands West (South) with a 19-29 win at Alcester.

Ledbury began well and from the first scrum made ground setting up a lineout drive from which Rob Gummer was driven over for the first try, which Jack Hughes converted.

Alcester replied almost immediately when a dropped pass by Ledbury was seized upon allowing a counter attack that saw the winger squeezed over for a try in the corner (5-7).

Despite this minor blip, Ledbury dominated the set piece and it wasn’t long before in-form Gummer received the ball out wide and managed to break the line of defence to put winger Charlie Pallett over in the corner for a try, again converted by Jack Hughes (5-14).

Alcester managed to incur the displeasure of the referee, who was not standing for any back chat, issuing a yellow card to their fly half.

With the hosts reduced to 14 due to a yellow card Josh Bishop was the next Ledbury try scorer after a period of sustained pressure (5-19).

After half-time Ledbury had a rude surprise as Alcester scored almost immediately, as their centre sliced through the Ledbury defence rather too easily to touch down (12-19).

Ledbury responded and Ed Bennion spotted an opening before making made 20 metres and finding Harry Harris who crashed over despite the attention of three tacklers (12-24).

The Alcester forwards were causing havoc at the other end allowing their flanker to cross for a try (19-24).

Once again the visitors had a response and Charlie Pallett conjured up a break from half way before finding Tom Hill in close support and a try was created from Bennion to score in the corner (19-29).

Next week Ledbury host bottom of the table Earlsdon.