Upton dazzled under lights
Weakened side no match for hosts
Upton travelled to Ledbury for a Friday night game under lights and were dazzled by the home sides performance.
Upton travelled with a weakened team with both skipper and vice skipper Max Macfarlane and James Gammon out as well as full back Dan Aldersey and second row James Phipps. Coach Ben Hughes continued to use his policy of train to play and this meant some other notable players missed out. However in hindsight it was hard to see how any of these players could have halted the pace and power of Ledbury
The first 20 minutes saw Upton hardly touch the ball and Ledbury had secured a bonus point within that time crossing for four tries. To Upton’s credit their scrum and line out held up well but every time Ledbury got the ball they created damage. Upton’s cause was not helped by some decisions which went against them.
A fifth try came before half time but Upton did get on the score board with their first meaningful attack when prop Dave Humphreys made a break down the wing and managed to off load out the back of the hand to Joe Ayres who sped up the wing to score.
With the half time score 34-5 Upton knew the game was gone. Hughes asked for some heart in the second half and that’s certainly what he got. Ledbury may have taken their foot off the gas but Upton’s defence was much more forceful with Matt Dunwell and Rich Clive putting in some great hits and Joe Pantling starting to control the team from fly half.
Ledbury still won the half two tries to one but Upton played far better and were rewarded with a try for Clive when he buried himself over the line after Ayres and Humphreys had once again combined to go close. Rob Heeley converted this one to give Upton another consolation.