14-MAN Ledbury eventually ran out of steam as Old Leamingtonians ended their winning run last weekend. 

Having won three on the bounce prior to Saturday's metting with Old Lems, Ledbury were looking to the close the gap on the leaders at the top of the Counties 1 Midlands West (South) table. 

But second-placed Old Lems were always going to prove a tough test and so it proved, despite being level at 10-10 at half-time.

But two quick tries from the hosts put them in the driving seat before an injury to one of Ledbury's players meant they played the final 25 minutes a man light. 

It was a brave display from the visitors but in the end Old Lems picked up the bonus-point win to keep them on the tails of league leaders Berkswell & Balsall. 

The away side fell behind early doors as a driving maul rolled over the line for the hosts to take a 5-0 lead.

George Wallin then glided over from half-way to score a brilliant solo try and his conversion put Ledbury ahead. 

Old Lems once more pushed their way over to regain the lead but just before the break, Wallin kicked a three pointer to tie the scores at half-time. 

But the home side turned up the heat after the restart and two quick tries suddenly put Ledbury in a spot of bother at 20-10. 

A penalty from Old Lems extended that lead but even with a man advantage, Lems struggled to put Ledbury away until the end when they managed a fifth try to wrap up the victory. 

A brave performance from Ledbury but a defeat nonetheless. They will have to dust themselves down ahead of their trip to Spartans (Midlands) on Saturday February 18.