RIVERWAY travelled to high flying Ledbury in West Midlands Two on Saturday with several injury problems.
The Stafford based side were without Thomas Duffy, Chris Jones, Dave Wilcock, Steve McCabe and, with Martyn Wheeler not entirely fit, went down 3-1.
This opened opportunities for players, none more so than Tom Lane who partnered Jay Arnold in the Riverway attack.
Riverway started kicking up hill and for the opening 20 minutes were comfortable, absorbing the pressure then breaking on the counter attack. Both Lane and Arnold were offered half chances yet none were taken.
Ledbury were carving out chances themselves but found Jamie Lowman in impressive form in the Riverway goal.
The deadlock was broken after continuous pressure from set pieces when the home side managed to convert when reacting to a second ball in the Riverway six yard box.
Riverway were not fazed and when captain Matt Rhodes’ through ball found Lane he majestically lobbed the ball home over the on rushing goalkeeper.
The second half saw a change of shape for the home side as they pushed for the three points to continue their title challenge but found Simon Dawson, Chris Hall and Ben Roberts solid at the back for Riverway.
Ledbury enjoyed 15 minutes of intense pressing and were rewarded with a second goal.
At this stage, Riverway began to dominate possession but they were unable to get back on level terms.
In the end, Ledbury caught Riverway on the break as the league’s leading marksman, Jamie Welch made 3-1.
This Saturday, Riverway visit Red Star Alma in a league fixture (3pm).