LEDBURY Town retained their six-point lead at the top of the Herefordshire Football League Premier Division this week with a 2-1 victory over Tenbury United.

In what was a second win over Tenbury in the space of a fortnight, Ledbury battled against heavy rain in muddy and challenging conditions at a packed-out New Street. 

With a superb away turnout, bringing a 52-seater coach for the occasion, lively Tenbury supporters remained in good spirits despite Ben Miller opening Ledbury’s account on the 25th minute, before Lewis Williams headed home a well-taken corner from recent new Town signing Rares Micula in the second-half.

In a manner similar to their previous 2-1 defeat, United again grabbed a consolation goal minutes before the final whistle, this time through a successful penalty.

But it mattered not in the grand scheme of things, as Ledbury continued on their march towards the title. 

It was a solid enough start from Ledbury in difficult conditions, which made it slightly more tricky to play attractive football. And the opener came in scrappy style as the Tenbury keeper fumbled a shot on goal and Miller was there to tap home the first goal of the day. 

It was a game low on quality but Tenbury kept themselves in the contest into the second-half, despite doing little to trouble Ledbury's lead.

And the home side doubled it on the hour when a Micula corner found the head of Williams to make it 2-0.

A late penalty almost threatened to spark a dramatic finale but Ledbury hung on for the three points.

They are now six ahead of title rivals Hereford Pegasus Reserves and a further ten clear of Sporting Club Inkberrow, who do have three games in hand on Ian Merrick's men.