LEDBURY RFC kicked-off their pre-season preparations with an entertaining 29-29 draw with Monmouth on Friday.

After a long summer break, the Ledbury squad were back together for the first game and it was a good workout for both sides, who could not be split at the end of 80 minutes. 

After the game, Ledbury head coach Stuart Bradfield reflected on the performance, expressing his excitement at some of the talent coming through into the senior team.

"Having had our first pre-season run out in a closely fought match, I was impressed with a lot of the boys work rate and energy," he said.

"We have built on some of the foundations we have developed over the past two seasons and really showed some great rugby.

"I am really excited by the Colts who have transitioned through, a lot making their debuts in the match. They bring youthful energy and enthusiasm for the game and it's infectious. 

"Trust plays an important role in rugby, with players having to trust each other onto the pitch and the young guys have definitely earned that trust and respect from the rest of the squad throughout pre-season and their performance against Monmouth."

Bradfield also commented on some of the coaching changes that have been made over the summer.

"The management group has also been busy, with Nick Tisdale taking part in his first pre-season with the club having joined mid-way through last season," he added.

"New team manager Simon Luckett has settled in well, supporting the newly branded Ledbury Lions. 

"And both Gareth Bubb and Chris Wallin will combine their roles as Colts coaches with supporting the senior squad. 

"Also joining Rob Harker with the Lions this season will be Paul Clayton who is no stranger to the club having been a player for a number of years."