IN a re-arranged game against Ludlow, injury plagued Old Hales suffered a significant defeat against a well drilled side.

Old Hales started off strongly attacking the Ludlow try line and after numerous penalties from Ludlow, came away with the first 3 points scored by Luke Fenton.

This spurred the home team on who attacked from the kick off and came away with several penalties turning the score to 6-3.

For the rest of the first half Old Hales had plenty of possession but kicked away two stupid balls which Ludlow capitalised on scoring converted tries from both of them making the half time score 20-3.

In the second half Ludlow went up another gear and scored 3 tries in succession, all converted to make the score 41-3.

Both sides attacked and defended well for the most of this half but Ludlow capitalised on missed tackles to score another two tries despite playing with 14 men for most of the half. This took the score to 55-3

Old Hales managed to get on the scorecard with a well worked try from a line-out move to make the score 55-10.

In the closing minutes, Ludlow scored a last try to make the final score 60-10.

Coach James Angove said: “This is a heavy defeat to take. We are suffering from injuries within the squad and have picked up more injuries today. Next week is a must win fixture against local rivals Stourbridge, kick off at 2.15.”

Report submitted by Old Halesonians