Birmingham Exiles RUFC threw off the effects of the previous week’s heavy defeat by Edwardians to bounce back with a splendid win at Ledbury.
In the first-ever league meeting between the clubs, E’s survived an early onslaught to keep their line intact - the try count was 2-0 in their favour - and to clinch victory in the last play of a tense and absorbing match.
Ledbury’s Jack Lambert-Taylor opened the scoring kicking between the posts after a penalty awarded for a high tackle.
As half time approached, Ledbury scrum half Holbrook went off injured, Lambert-Taylor switching to his position. On the stroke of the break, Exiles were awarded a penalty some 45 metres out. They opted to go for goal and an excellently struck kick from inside centre Francis Pugh levelled the scores at the interval.
Exiles began the second half with some purpose: a twisting run from Lisle put in open space but support was lacking and possession was lost.
Lambert-Taylor’s second penalty restored Ledbury’s lead, but Exiles quickly broke with Mark Lisle going to ground for a try converted by Pugh to put the home side back in front.
A third penalty from Lambert-Taylor set up a nail biting conclusion to the game. With seconds on the clock Hayden Pattison crossed the line to give the Exiles all four points.
Next Saturday, Exiles are at home to Five Ways Old Edwardians in a ‘friendly’, kick-off at 2.30pm.