Burton Match Report
"Not the result we wanted but we're safe!"
THE pressure’s off as Ludlow go into Saturday’s last game of the season at home to rock-bottom Dunlop knowing they have now secured Midlands One West safety.
Despite their 40-7 defeat at Burton last week, the Linney men will live to fight another season in the league following Whitchurch’s 38-13 triumph over another of the strugglers Kenilworth.
After being promoted last term, it is a satisfactory outcome for Ludlow, although a little too close for comfort in the last few weeks.
Last weekend’s results mean that Ludlow are now five points clear of Kenilworth in the third relegation spot.
Initially they thought they would require just a single bonus point from their home clash with bottom club Dunlop tomorrow to guarantee survival as Kenilworth could still pull level.
But they have learned this week that they are already certain to finish out of the bottom three whatever happens on Saturday If the two sides finish level, it comes down to the number of wins, with Ludlow having nine and Kenilworth seven.
“After being promoted last season, our aim was to make sure we stayed up which we have now achieved,” said spokesman Phil Norton. “It was just a pity we didn’t do it with more to spare, we’d prefer to finish closer to mid-table, but we are happy to still be in this division and will look to build on what we have achieved this season.
“We have beaten the teams around us twice, but we need to do better against the teams higher up the league which is something we need to address.”
Reflecting on the penultimate action of the weekend, Norton added: "We were pretty pleased with what happened elsewhere but it didn't go to plan at Burton and we were outplayed in the forwards."
Burton, with their strong pack in charge, raced into a 24-0 lead at half-time.
Ludlow rallied early in the second period, enjoying their best spell which saw Mark Williams cross the line and Will Norton convert.
However, Burton were in no mood to relinquish their grip as they responded with 16 unanswered points to seal victory.