A revitalised Ledbury Colts side put in a strong showing in a feisty 31-19 away victory over Dudley Kingswinford.

After stumbling in a pre-season friendly, which ended with a 12-20 defeat to DKS, Ledbury showed off some serious improvements as tries from James Flitton, a Jem Horton brace, Dom Seabourn-Williams and Harri Green saw off the hosts.

The start of the match proved challenging, with a 40 mile-per-hour wind against them and a few mistimed decisions enabling DKS to secure an early 14-0 lead in the first half hour.


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Despite the hurdles, Ledbury's determination shone through when, in the final four minutes of the first half, they retained some sustained possession to skillfully work their way out of their own half and pass the ball to winger Flitton, who scored their first try of the game, taking the half-time score to 14-5 in favour of DKS.

Wind-assisted after the interval, Ledbury made a swift turnaround.

Five phases on from winning a scrum on their 10-metre line, Horton finished off a well-worked team try to cross the white wash in the corner, with Will Sutherland adding the extras from out wide.

A quick tap penalty by Sutherland seven minutes later caught the DKS defence napping, enabling Horton to score another to put Ledbury in the lead.

Seconds later Joe Pugh won a 50-22 from the restart, allowing prop Seabourn-Williams to score from the following lineout to the left of the posts to extend the visitor's lead.

Soon after, flanker Harri Green's marauding carry through the opposition's centres and several other cover tackles added another try to Ledbury’s tally, pushing their lead to 31-14.

The last leg of the game saw tension increase on the pitch, resulting in yellow cards for both sides.

Although DKS managed a final-minute breakaway try, the deficit was too great for the hosts to draw back.