LEDBURY will return to league action this weekend after the three-week festive break.

Having suffered three defeats in a row in November/December, their title push looked to have come to an end but a 67-28 victory over Bromsgrove before Christmas gives them hope heading into 2024.

Whilst they are nine points behind - having played a game more - league leaders Luctonians 2s, they remain in the hunt, even if it looks a tall order from here. Lucs have won all 12 of their games this season with a bonus-point, and look on course to complete an unprecedented perfect season.

So for Ledbury, it will be more about consolidating their place as 'best of the rest' and hoping that Lucs suffer a serious blip in the second-half of the 2023/24 campaign.

And they have what looks to be a favourable game upon their return from the Christmas break, a trip to second-bottom Broadstreet 2s.

The hosts on Saturday have won just two of their 13 games and have conceded the most points in the division at 497, with 83 of those coming in the reverse fixture at Ledbury back in September.

Before their winter blip, Ledbury had matched Luctonians point for point, winning all of their of their opening nine games with bonus-points, form they will hope they can get back to in the remaining months of the season.

Elsewhere in the league, leaders Luctonians 2s head to Bromsgrove 2s and there is a local derby between Evesham and Droitwich. Alcester host Leamington, Manor Park make the trip to bottom-of-the-league Earlsdon and Old Leamingtonians take on Old Coventrians.