Ludlow Rugby Club coach Dave Irish will be giving squad players a chance in Midlands Intermediate Cup clash at Droitwich (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Ludlow Rugby Club coach Dave Irish will be giving squad players a chance in Midlands Intermediate Cup clash at Droitwich
Old Saltleians 17 pts Ludlow 31 pts
COACH Dave Irish will be giving his Ludlow squad players a chance in this Saturday’s Midlands Intermediate Cup trip to Droitwich.
Irish is likely to be without five or six regulars for the first-round tie because full-back Joe Doyle is getting married this weekend.
He is also giving the injured Darren Brick a rest after the Linneymen sealed an impressive 31-17 win at Old Saltleians in Midlands Two West (North).
“Brick has damaged a shoulder and will be having a couple of weeks off,” said Irish.
“And it’s Joe Doyle’s wedding which will take away five or six of the boys.
“But we have been getting around 25 players at training and it will give other players an opportunity to show what they can do.”
Last Saturday’s success avenged Ludlow’s 11-9 North Midlands Shield home defeat to Old Saltleians earlier this month.
Brick, Mark Williams, Daran Chard, Shaun Kiesiel and Matt Davies all scored tries for Ludlow, while Will Sparrow kicked three conversions.
Will Armitage and Alex Wallace shone for Ludlow as the visitors led 19- 5 at the interval.
“We controlled about 60 per cent of the game,” said Irish. “We were more prepared for this game and we knew that it was there for the taking.
“We drew a lot of confidence from our narrow loss against Moseley Oak.
“Saturday’s win was a great result and it has taken us up to fifth spot in the table.”
Former Ludlow player Chris Harris has been given the all-clear to return to action at Luctonians Rugby Club.
Ed Lewis gave a man-of-the-match display in Cleobury Mortimer’s 36-10 victory at St Leonards in Midlands Four West (North).
Mortimer led 12-7 at the interval and dominated the second half.
Jack Bills, Lewis, Ben Howman, Jon Britton and Mike Green all scored tries for Mortimer. Skipper Allan Shields kicked four conversions and a penalty.
Cleobury travel to Telford Hornets this Saturday in the first round of the Midlands Junior Vase.
Bishops Castle ground out a 10-7 home win over Bromyard. Castle trailed 7-0 before tries from Phil Oliver and Pete Bevan put the hosts in front.
“We have played better and lost,” said former skipper Bevan.
“We usually lose the first four or five games so it was nice to get off the mark. It could have gone either way - Keith Evans did very well.”
John Parker scored Bromyard’s try and Toby Rivers kicked the conversion.