EVESHAM kept alive their hopes of a Twickenham appearance in the national RFU Junior Vase final as they defeated hosts Yardley & District 35-6 on Saturday to book a place in the Midlands Junior Vase semi-finals.
The Vale side will now face a Midlands last four clash at Cleobury Mortimer on February 14.
The Midlands finals of all three Midlands Cups will be played on March 14, with the winners progressing to the national semi-finals. The national finals will be held at Twickenham Stadium on May 3.
Evesham continue their quest for promotion from Midlands Four West (South) on Saturday when they host Atherstone.
With seven league matches remaining each, the third placed Vale side trail second placed Claverdon by four points as the battle to join champions-elect Rugby Lions in winning promotion hots up.
EVESHAM U16s produced a valiant second half display against Ledbury on Sunday but the damage had already been done in the first period.
By half time Evesham trailed 38-0 after conceding six tries to a large, fast and very skilful Ledbury team.
Even when they hammered the Ledbury try line, they could not break through the well organised Ledbury defensive wall.
The second half was a different game. With the Avonsiders playing with more fire in their bellies, they eventually broke through the Ledbury defence as Jack Richardson went over twice and Gio Capaldi converted one.
There was no lack of effort and commitment from Evesham, just too many mistakes at the wrong times, which were punished by a quality Ledbury side.
There was another big performance from Nathan Cotton, Josh Hartland (who won the Spirit of Rugby award) and two-try Richardson.
Worthy man of the match was Lewis Woodford who produced a tireless performance to help turn the tide in the second half and create positives ahead of Sunday’s home match against Woodrush.