ALCESTER RFC were beaten 25-10 by league leaders Old Leamingtonians after they conceded three second-half tries in a battling display against the division’s only remaining unbeaten side.
Despite holding a narrow 5-3 lead at the break – Alcester were unable to keep their opponents at bay in the second period and conceded a pair of late tries as they tired in the closing stages.
The result leaves Alcester in seventh place in the Midlands 3 West (South) table and means they are yet to win on their travels this season.
And Alcester made a stunning start as their pressure forced the home side into several errors before skipper Max Biltcliffe crashed over following a pick and drive attempt.
The visitors were briefly reduced to 14-men when Nigel Burrows was shown a yellow card for back-chatting the referee.
And Alcester’s ill-discipline allowed the hosts to reduce deficit when a penalty hit the post before landing between the sticks before Old Leamingtonians were also temporarily reduced to 14 players.
Neither side could trouble the scoreboard further in the first period as Alcester went into the break with a slender 5-3 advantage.
Old Leamingtonians flexed their muscles in the second-half and took the lead with a converted try before Alcester hit back with a try of their own through Burrows.
However, the home side scored their second try shortly after to reclaim the lead before a couple of late tries took the game away from Alcester as the visitors began to tire.
Alcester’s second XV were also beaten by Old Leamingtonians as they suffered a 65-0 defeat – playing the entire match with 14 players due to a no show.
Several players were pulled together at the last minute to solve availability issues and after trailing 26-0 at the break Alcester conceded four second-half tries to eventually lose by more than 60 points.
Alcester’s first XV are next in action against Rugby St Andrews on Saturday, November 27 at Kings Coughton with just four points separating the two teams in the table.