UNFORCED errors cost Alcester dearly as they were beaten 26-13 by Herefordshire visitors Ledbury in front of a good home crowd at Kings Coughton on Saturday.
Alcester started slowly in the Midlands Three West (South) contest but against the run of play Josh O’Connor intercepted a pass and made a break towards the line to score between the posts, making it easy for Max Biltcliffe to add the extra points.
The visitors scored a converted try before half-time to make it 7-7 at the break but Biltcliffe slotted over an early second half penalty to regain the lead for his side.
A yellow card for Matt Alderman as a result of a high tackle then took Alcester down to 14 men and Ledbury exploited this.
The visitors were always the first to the loose balls and this paid off when one of their players dived on the ball over the line, although it was not long before Biltcliffe’s boot put the Red & Blacks back in front by a point.
However, constant knock-ons and silly errors meant Alcester could not keep hold of possession long enough to add any further points to the scoreboard.
The closest they came was through winger Cian Allen when he made a dash towards the line but was stopped short of the whitewash.
Alcester’s sloppiness and mistakes were epitomised when a weak pass was intercepted and a Ledbury player ran the length of the pitch to score.
The visitors finished with an excellent try in which they picked-up from the back of the scrum and ran from within their own half to seal victory.
Alcester 2nds’ poor run of form continued as they lost 42-24 to Southam 2nds.
Kyran Flynn, Shane Soal, Joe Sharper and Lewis Hopkins scored Alcester’s tries as they put up a good fight against opposition whose first team play in a league above.
Both Alcester teams will seek to return to winning ways when they take on Manor Park on Saturday.