Camp Hill vs Ludlow Match Report
Or,"A game of two halves!" First 40 minutes we're still on the bus, second half some better rugby with a bit of boxing thrown in to entertain the travelling crowd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AFTER plenty of twists and turns this season, Ludlow’s battle for surviival in rugby's Midlands One West looks increasingly likely to go to the wire.
With three games left, the Linney men – who host sixth-placed Lichfield tomorrow - continue to look over their shoulders at the relegation zone after suffering a 37-26 loss at Camp Hill last week.
They are five points clear of third bottom Kenilworth, who were downed 32-24 at Burton, but a tense final few weeks loom in the fight to steer clear of danger.
Ludlow could take heart from last week’s resolve, clawing their way back from a 27-0 internal deficit to earn a bonus point which could prove crucial come the end of season.
But they will be wary that they need some reward from tomorrow’s tricky home clash against Lichfield to avoid going into the bottom three as Kenilworth host basement boys Dunlop tomorrow – a team that Ludlow also welcome on the last day of the season
“We had hoped that it wouldn’t come down to the final day, but it now looks that way,” said spokesman Phil Norton.
“With Kenilworth playing Dunlop tomorrow, we need a minimum of one bonus point unless they are likely to go above us on points difference and we’ll be in the bottom three.”
The basement battle is getting too close for comfort in the coming weeks, with Kenilworth also taking on another of the strugglers, Whitchurch, while Ludlow are at Burton in their penultimate outing.
Much of the damage was done last week in a one-sided first half when Camp Hill ran in four tries and two conversions. “They were not that much better than us, but we never got going in the first half,” added Norton.
“Their game plan was to kick the ball upfield and profit from our mistakes when we tried to run the ball.
“It was so frustrating as all the tries came from our mistakes.
“But we were a lot better in the second half, and at one stage looked like we could get two bonus points. At least we managed to rally and push them close."
Trailing 27-0 lastg week, Ludlow hit back after the break when good work from Joe Doyle carved an opening for Will Green and the deficit was reduced further with prop Mike Jones going over, both tries converted by Will Norton.
Although Camp Hill bagged a penalty, a second try from Jones kept Ludlow in the hunt at 30-19.
However, the game was put beyond doubt when the hosts crossed for their fifth try, after a missed penalty had been fumbled, but a late Chris Harris try, to which Norton added the extras, at least gave the south Shropshire side the final word and a bonus point.
SHREWSBURY II, meanwhile, notched a good 27-24 win over their Bridgnorth counterparts in a friendly.