IT was a week of mixed fortunes for Cleobury Mortimer Ladies, who bounced back from losing at Warwick Riga to take the derby honours by inflicting a first defeat of the season on joint leaders Hereford in Division One of the West Midlands Volleyball League.

It was always going to be a tough task against Warwick, having just six meant no substitutes and the home side were convincing 3-0 winners.

Zan Matuszewska played out of position and was voted players’ player while Rebekah Gallagher took Riga’s most valuable player vote.

But with a full squad, it was a different outcome against Hereford with Cleobury winning 3-1.

Super sub junior Ellie Phelps served to clinch the first set while Katherine Howells found the corners of Hereford’s court pushing to steer her side into a 2-0 lead.

The league leaders hit back in the third set but some tactical serving from Lyndsey Potter helped Cleobury take the spoils.

Players’ player and most valuable player votes went to setter Emma Gallagher.