22nd Sep, 2019

Much-improved Alcester enjoy profitable day

Liam Moakes 16th Oct, 2017

Alcester 23 Ledbury 12

Midlands Three West (South)

RESURGENT Alcester secured their second league win of the campaign thanks to an impressive performance on Saturday.

The hosts were immediately on the front foot and were 5-0 up within the first few minutes when Phil Birks raced in unchallenged from 30m after picking up the ball from the base of a scrum.

Captain Jack Horton was held up over the line a few minutes later as Alcester started with the same momentum as they had done the previous week.

In a busy first ten minutes, Ledbury’s fly half was yellow-carded for a high tackle and from the penalty that was awarded Alcester turned down the kicking opportunity.

From the resulting scrum and two phases afterwards, Horton was successful in crossing the whitewash.

Ledbury responded and, with their first proper attack, were rewarded with a score between the posts.

After half an hour, following persistent infringement by Ledbury, another player was sin-binned, followed five minutes later by Alcester’s Jamie Harland.

With the wind and slope at their back, the momentum of the game had now changed and the visitors scored from a catch and drive off a lineout to take a 12-10 lead.

Ledbury received their third yellow card of the first half but they went into the break with the lead after an entertaining first 40 minutes.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Dan Marcus ran more than half the length of the pitch down the left wing after a turnover ball to score and put Alcester ahead again.

Alcester were back on top and Alex Chiles came close to scoring before Ben Hope, now playing at centre, did.

Hope then kicked a penalty, Alcester’s only successful kick of the game, to put the icing on the cake.

Alcester, for whom last season’s captain Jack Green was named man of the match in this bonus point win, visit Nuneaton outfit Manor Park on Saturday.

ALCESTER 2nds were beaten 62-17 by Old Edwardians and are yet to be rewarded for their efforts and dedication of their captain Adrian Derrick.

Alcester only took 12 players and Edwardians kindly lent some players, with the Kings Coughton men grateful for some kind of game after their previous league opponents had cried off.

Scott McGee, man of the match Neil Stone and James Bate scored Alcester’s points.

The second team host Leamington in a cup fixture on Saturday.

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