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Honours even

Thursday 31 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 11:50

Stratford 17 Ludlow 17

A SNOW clearing party, led by lady chairman Jo Littler, enabled this clash at Pearcecroft to go ahead on Saturday with every other Midlands One West fixtures being postponed.

Ludlow, battling for survival, came with a game plan and the muddy conditions suited their forwards and with the Stratford backs not at their silky best it was always going to be tough encounter which ended with the sides sharing the points.

Ludlow enjoyed early possession and territory as the home side found themselves under the cosh in the opening minutes.

Eventually Stratford started to exert their own pressure on the Ludlow line and following several penalties a score arrived courtesy of wing man Callum Cook.

A lineout on the visitors five metre line on 25 minutes was won expertly by Tom Mylott from the pinpoint throwing of hooker Tom Hall and the Stratford pack drove for the line but again a Ludlow infringement stopped them short of the whitewash.

However, the referee played the advantage and the ball was spun out by scrum half Matt Allen to skipper Simon Brain who in turn fed outside centre Sam Kirby.

He drew the last man before offloading to Cook who scored in the opposite corner and Brain added the extras from the touchline.

Another opportunity arose only minutes later as a penalty for offside was put into the corner by Brain but Stratford were unable to capitalise on the good field position.

Then, against the run of play on 30 minutes, Ludlow scored from a scrum in the home 22 with their No 8 breaking away to score a converted try alongside the posts.

But worse was to follow for the Black and Whites as almost immediately following the restart the visitors claimed another converted try after good work by their forwards.

The home side, with plenty of vocal support behind them, again laid siege to the Ludlow 22 and on the stroke of half time Brain managed to score in the corner to reduce the arrears to 14-12.

Stratford started the better in the second half and only some resolute defence from the visitors prevented a score early on.

But the continuous bombardment eventually led to a fine try by Hall after good work from the Stratford pack. Brain’s conversion attempt drifted wide of the uprights.

Stratford did have chances to make the game safe by adding another score but Ludlow got back on level terms five minutes from time courtesy of a drop goal.

Stratford, who remain sixth in the table, travel to second placed Worcester Wanderers this Saturday (2.15pm).

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