Alcester 6 Ledbury 6
Midlands Three West (South)
IN A GAME dominated by wet weather, yellow cards and penalty kicks, Alcester had to settle for two points after drawing with Ledbury on Saturday.
Alcester made a promising start and were dominating the scrum, but it was through the boot of Ed Gough that the home side took the lead when they were awarded a penalty for a high tackle on Jack Green.
However, Alcester’s Jack Horton was the first player to fall victim to the referee’s pocket of cards, as she sent him to the sin-bin for a high tackle.
Ledbury levelled the score with the resulting penalty but less than two minutes later Gough restored Alcester’s lead with another well-struck penalty.
The opposition missed the chance to go into the break all-square as their second attempt at the posts fell short.
Alcester’s Andy Bishop was the first of four second half yellow cards as he was given ten minutes off for another high tackle, which both sides deemed harsh.
It was not long before both sides were down to 14 men when Ledbury’s hooker was carded for being offside.
Alcester were then short of another player as Josh O’Connor slipped on the boggy pitch but the referee saw it as a trip on an attacking player and produced another yellow.
For the offence, Ledbury were given another chance at the posts and this time levelled the score once again.
Ledbury missed the opportunity to take the lead for the first time in the game as another penalty kick failed to make it past the uprights.
Alcester upped the intensity for the last ten minutes and played the remainder of the game in Ledbury’s 22. In their defensive efforts, Ledbury were on the receiving end of the final yellow card of the match for another high tackle.
The home side continued to press for the line and victory but, just when it looked like the referee would award a penalty try, the end of the match was called.
The eighth-placed Red & Blacks head to Manor Park this Saturday.
ALCESTER 2nds also drew as they fought out a 19-19 result at AEI Rugby.
Alcester’s points all came in the first half through two Glyn Smith tries and another courtesy of Scott Carmichael, with two conversions from Luke Spencer.
The second team welcome Manor Parks 2nds on Saturday.