A commanding 57-26 victory over Droitwich has seen Ledbury secure promotion with a game still remaining on the fixture list.

Saturday's (April 6) game at Ross Road marked the club's second promotion in three league seasons, as they clinched a second place finish in Counties One Midlands West (South).

Further information regarding the upcoming league structure next season is pending on the Rugby Football Union's decision regarding the league pyramid.


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Tries from Josh Bishop, Harry Harris, a Freddie Hemingway double, Charlie Barber-Starkey, Rob Gummer, an Ed Bennion brace, Luke Clarke and a penalty try ensured the hosts cruised to victory.

Ledbury were faster out the blocks, with Ben Mason breaking and then drawing his man before releasing Bishop to score.

Droitwich retaliated with a converted try following a dominating dose of territory.

The first scrum of the contest saw the game swing back in Ledbury's favour, who were awarded a penalty try.

Despite an impressive solo break from Tom Hill, a rejuvenated Droitwich managed to level the scores, crashing over the whitewash for a try.

Ledbury quickly responded as Harris touched down a close-range carry for the final try of the half.

Ledbury Reporter: Ledbury have secured a second place finish in Counties One Midlands West (South), clinching

The second half ushered in a powerful performance as Jonny Whitting made a huge break, with the ball soon swung wide to Hemingway who crossed the whitewash for his first of the day.

Ledbury kept their foot on the gas, with Jock Welsh claiming the ball from the kick off, before finding the supporting Hemingway, which resulted in Barber-Starkey scoring the five-pointer.

Rob Gummer also crashed over from short range shortly after.

Although there was a brief setback, when Droitwich took advantage of some sloppy defence to score, and a tricky conversion across a gale was completed, Ledbury soon regained form.

Ed Bennion gathered a bobbling ball on the visitor's 22, careering over for the score.

Droitwich managed a late try in the corner, however, the final play saw Jack Hughes' quick tap finding Hill in support who gave Clarke the scoring pass for the final try of the game.

The marauding Ledbury certainly have momentum on their side as they look ahead to their first knock out Cup Match at home against Longlevens on Saturday (April 13).