Cleobury Mortimer Rugby Club seal 24-17 home win over Bishops Castle in Midlands Four West (North) derby (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Cleobury Mortimer Rugby Club seal 24-17 home win over Bishops Castle in Midlands Four West (North) derby
Cleobury Mortimer 24 pts Bishops Castle 17 pts
CLEOBURY Mortimer maintained their title push with a nar row derby victory over Bishops Castle in Midlands Four West (North).
Castle captain Pete Bevan said the kicking skills of his opposite number, Allan Shields, had been the difference.
Alex Howman came on at fullback and wrapped up Cleobury’s success with a chip-and-chase try from the last play of the match.
Shields kicked four penalties and a conversion for second-placed Cleobury, while Simon Bond also crossed for the hosts.
Matt Isley, Phil Oliver and Andy Dale scored tries for Castle, with Ryan Evans slotting a conversion.
Shields said: “Castle pushed us all the way and it was nip and tuck throughout.” Castle captain Bevan said: “We were missing a few players but we should have beaten them.
“We have now lost to Clee Hill by three points and Cleobury by seven.”
Shields is missing Cleobury’s derby at Bromyard this Saturday so Jack Bills will be stepping up to captain the side.
Castle host thirdplaced Five Ways Old Edwardians this Saturday.