Mark Williams scores last-gasp try for Ludlow Rugby Club in 34-31 win over Wolverhampton in Midlands Two West (North) (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Mark Williams scores last-gasp try for Ludlow Rugby Club in 34-31 win over Wolverhampton in Midlands Two West (North)
Ludlow 34 pts Wolverhampton 31 pts
A LAST-gasp try from Mark Williams has kept Ludlow Rugby Club in the Midlands Two West (North) promotion race.
Fifth-placed Ludlow had three men yellow-carded and fought back from 26-13 down to seal a vital home victory over Wolverhampton.
Williams powered through for the matchwinning try in the last play and Will Sparrow slotted the conversion.
Now relieved Ludlow head coach Dave Irish has set his sights on defeating bottom club Aston Old Edwardians this Saturday.
“It was a good result - but it wasn’t a great performance,”
“The key point was when the returning Mike Jones switched to scrum-half.
“A win has kept us up there but a loss would have been devastating towards our aim for this season.
“Wolverhampton missed four kicks in front of the posts and Sparrow converted everything apart from one which hit a post.”
Irish added: “We have got Aston Old Edwardians this Saturday, who are bottom and have not won a game. It’s hard to win away from home - away wins in this league are gold dust - but we have got a great chance.”
Aston Old Edwardians lost 84- 17 against Leek last Saturday and have conceded 253 points from five matches.
Sparrow slotted four conversions and two penalties in total and his early try helped to put Ludlow 10-0 ahead after 10 minutes in Saturday’s match.
But Theo Hodnett, Spar row and Joe Doyle were yellowcarded for Ludlow and the hosts trailed 26-13 after an hour.
Irish said: “At one point we were down to 13 men - we are not making it easy for ourselves.
“The yellow cards were from a culmination of penalties after dropping off tackles.”
Doyle and the outstanding Jim Alderson both scored tries as Ludlow fought back before Williams took centre stage.
Irish explained: “Mark saw he had a prop in front of him and went for the try and got it - Sparrow slotted the conversion.
“Alderson was outstanding - he scored a try and was superb in defence and attack.
“We showed great character to come back from the dead.”