Luctonians won the North Midlands Colts Cup with a thrilling 20-19 win over county rivals and defending champions Hereford in a thrilling final at Bromsgrove today.
Hereford had defended heroically under mounting pressure in the final 15 minutes and looked like clinging on for a 19-15 win.
But Hereford went down to 13 men after two players were sin-binned for an accumulation of penalties and Luctonians eventually made their numerical superiority count.
They worked an overlap for full-back Rob Bengry who went over in the corner for an unconverted try with the very last play of a high quality final.
Luctonians’ captain Henry Powell collected the Stan Whitfield Cup from North Midlands Colts President Mike Evans while Hereford had to settle for the runners-up Shield.
Luctonians led 7-5 at half-time with right wing Greg Knight a well-worked try and Hereford responding through full-back Sam Johnson.
Hereford appeared to have taken a grip on the game when lock Ben Lawrence then scrum-half Will Samuels went over for converted tries in the third quarter but they spent most of the remainder of the match in defence.
Luctonians set up the thrilling finale when left wing Cameron Gough scored an unopposed try 12 minutes from time and they kept their cool on a hot afternoon to snatch victory through Bengry.
Worcester won the North Midlands Colts Plate by beating Dudley Kingswinford in another entertaining final.
Birmingham & Solihull proved too strong for Bridgnorth in the North Midlands Under-17s Cup final as they romped to a 62-20 win.