REDDITCH lost interest in this season's North Midlands Vase competition after crashing out in the semi-finals by a 37-7 margin to a Ross-on-Wye side who are sweeping all before them this season.

Ross eased themselves into the lead with a couple of early penalty kicks before Redditch responded with a couple of breakaway moves from Ashley Mooney and Barrie Forrester-Smith, which saw both hauled down before they could endanger the try-line.

Redditch's cause wasn't helped when they lost Nathan Marthews to a yellow card while Lewis Saddington suffered a head injury.

Ross then ran in a trio of converted tries to leave Redditch looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat after half an hour as they trailed 27-0.

Mark Green then fell victim to a yellow card but there was no further score before half time.

The second half proved much more even with Redditch doing better with the ball. They finally opened their account when Rafal Jarka burrowed his way through a crowd of bodies to score a try which Sam Gladwin converted.

But there was no recovery in sight as Ross hit back with a penalty and a converted try.

Barrie Forrester-Smith did seem set to score when he produced a cheeky chip and catch but was penalised while in the act of scoring

Redditch have no time to dwell on this defeat as they travel to Stoke Old Boys this weekend still in much need of points to make sure they avoid the drop from Midlands 4 West South.