Ledbury Town ran out comfortable winners against Holme Lacy in the first-round of the Herefordshire FA Charity Bowl at the start of the month.

Goals in the first-half from Tom Boyle, Ben Miller and Nathan Ince had the hosts 3-0 up before a 57th minute strike from Josh Burns sealed a 4-0 win under the New Street floodlights.

It was a rematch of the 2019 final of the same competition, when Ledbury won 3-2 in dramatic style.

There was no such drama this time around as Ledbury secured a straight-forward passage into round two.

Town started well and were ahead after just 13 minutes when Boyle found the net.

The home side were creating plenty of chances and doubled their lead with 32 minutes on the clock when Miller reacted quickest to a good save from the Lacy ‘keeper to prod home.

Ledbury’s tails were up and they had a three-goal lead at the break when striker Ince’s cross-come-shot flew in off the post, much to his pleasure.

With 57 minutes on the clock, Burns made it 4-0 as more pressure began to take its toll on the away side.

Town continued to create chances and the score could have been a lot worse for Lacy had it not been for their man in the sticks.

Eventually, despite some ill-tempered tackles as the game came to a close , the hosts cruised to victory and march on with their ambition of retaining their title from two years ago.

The competition did not run last season due to Covid-19, so Ledbury remain the team to beat.