LEAMINGTON RFC secured a try bonus point in their 45-29 defeat to Ledbury – the club’s first meeting in over 15 years.
The defeat means Leamington sit third in the Counties 1 Midlands West (South) table after three matches.
Ledbury made a fast start and scored the game’s first converted try following some sustained pressure on the Leamington line after John Brear had made a try-saving tackle in the corner.
Leamington reduced the deficit when Jim Robertson kicked a penalty only for Ledbury to hit back with two tries and a conversion.
The visitors finally found some rhythm when Conor Chamberlain raced through to score with Robertson adding the conversion after good work from Lewis Kelsey, Gareth Shuttleworth and Kofi Miller.
However, Ledbury scored their bonus point try before the break to take the game out of Leamington’s reach despite Shuttleworth dotting down on the stroke of half time.
The two teams traded tries again early in the second period as Ledbury increased their lead before Kelsey darted over underneath the sticks with Robertson adding the extras.
Ledbury added two more converted tries to their total either side of a Leamington score as Chamberlain grabbed his second try in the corner with Robertson converting to secure a try bonus point.
Leamington are next in action at home to Barkers Butts on Saturday, October 15 with kick-off at 3pm at Moorefields.