LUDLOW sit top of the early Midlands Two West North table after continuing their 100 per cent start to the season with an impressive 31-3 victory over Veseyans.

They followed up their opening-day rout of Telford Hornets with an excellent display against a Veseyans side that beat Ludlow home and away last season.

The second bonus-point win on the spin put Ludlow on top of the division on points difference ahead of Leek, the only other team with 10 points from their opening two games.

Ludlow were dominant in both forwards and backs and the score could easily have been many more had they been more clinical.

Will Hodnett, who had an outstanding game at centre, made the first try with an inside pass for number eight Charlie Doyle to score.

Will Sparrow, having an off day with the boot for once, could not convert and then almost immediately missed a penalty from the same spot.

Hodnett was again the provider for the second try, this time for Mark Williams to slice through the Veseyans defence. Sparrow found his range to kick the extras to make it 12-0.

Veseyans hit back briefly through a penalty as the Ludlow back line was caught offside.

Ludlow hooker Jack Small was next on the board, the recipient of a very good catch and drive move which saw him driven over by teammates to make it 17-3 at half time.

The bonus point was reached soon after the turn round as Ludlow full back Joe Doyle seized the ball at the resulting ruck after Veseyans fluffed a high ball and strode home unopposed under the posts. Sparrow added the conversion.

Ludlow had Veseyans pinned in their own half for long periods and might have crossed on two or three occasions but for attempted intercepts.

Eventually, Sparrow crossed under the posts after a lovely backs move and converted his own try to seal a fine win for Ludlow, who take a break from league action with a North Midlands Cup trip to Shrewsbury this Saturday.