October 27th, 2016

Struggling Harbury lose again at home to Ledbury

Updated: 2:50 pm, Nov 13, 2015

THE SEARCH for a first win this season Midland 3 South (West) division continues for Harbury after they lost 14-55 at home to leaders Ledbury on Saturday.

Ledbury had the advantage of a strong wind but tended to keep the ball in hand and attack smoothly from any field position.

As committed as they were in set and ruck play, Harbury quickly learned that any loose kick or spilt pass would be quickly recycled with a devastating outcome.

They were trailing early on in the game through a converted try and penalty only to have a forward sin binned and by the time the player had re-joined the opposition had added two further converted scores.

However, the game was not as one sided as might be perceived with Harbury making strong thrusting runs up the centre of the field but the rub of the green never quite went their way.

Two attacks floundered on the Ledbury line and the hosts were perhaps a little unfortunate when a home counter attack was snuffed and the ball quickly moved to give Ledbury a 31-0 lead at half-time.

The second half saw a revitalised Harbury score their first try of the match on 48 minutes when centre Daryl Kittendorf touched down and Andy Morgan slotted home the conversion.

Ledbury snapped back and added an unconverted try to open up their lead but some excellent work by the pack enabled the backs to combine well and Mark Anderson scored a well-taken try which this time Richard Mazurek converted for 14-36.

However normal service was resumed when the visitors scored three lates tries and a penalty to secure a comfortable win.

It was an improving display by Harbury despite the scoreline but they set up two excellent tries and with luck might have added a couple more in the first half.