Lordswood Dixonians RUFC 5 Lichfield RUFC 29

Lichfield were expecting a tough encounter at Dixonians who had only suffered two narrow defeats all season and who are always a force to be reckoned with on their home patch.

The visitors fielded another different team but the Myrtle Greens looked sharp from the off.

Lichfield put their hosts under pressure and drew a number of penalties, with Dixonians desperately killing ball to deny the city side any continuity and in the 12th minute Luke Massey slotted home a fine kick to give Lichfield a deserved 3-0 lead.

Dixonians then reminded their visitors of the threat they posed in attack with a well worked try to bring them right back into the mix and give them the lead at 5-3 in the 16th minute.

This stung Lichfield into life and in the 18th minute Adam Thomas crashed over close to the posts to give Massey a simple conversion and his side a 10-5 lead.

The Myrtle Greens’ pack was rampant and giving Dixonians a torrid time in the tight. Bassett, Taylor and Gabbitass, who had his best game to date in a Lichfield shirt, were prominent in all areas of play. Hicks and Squire were enjoying linking up with the backs in open play and pressurising their hosts at set piece and break down. The back row of Burton, Upton and Albutt, were giving Lichfield quick ball at the break down and their offloading game, particularly that of Dan Albutt, was causing mayhem in the Dixonians defence.

In the 24th minute Lichfield went through a number of phases, backs and forwards combining to keep the ball alive and change the point of attack, Will Cotterhill eventually getting on the end of the move, to give his side a try, a lead extended further by the boot of Massey to put Lichfield firmly in control at 17-5.

Luke and Greg Massey were controlling the game well and were as adept at taking territory when on offer as they were at cutting through the opposition defence to free the backs.

In the 32nd minute Lichfield scored their best try of the game working the ball from left to right through a multitude of phases for Danny Albutt to take the final pass for a fine team try, Massey again converting and putting the visitors 24-5 in front.

Adam Thomas was immense in defence and attack and Sporcic and Baker were at their elusive best on the wings. Mark Rose, making a welcome return after injury, looked sharp and was keen to get involved at every opportunity.

In the 37th minute Lichfield again opened up their hosts and after some adventurous interplay Jack Sporcic raced in at the corner to bring the first half scoring to an end.

The second half was a disappointment as Lichfield and Dixonians had their rhythm upset by a number of stoppages as the referee failed to allow both teams the opportunity to gain any form of continuity.

Dixonians continued to press and Lichfield brought on Nick Smith, Gareth Brear and Steve Knibbs to give the team fresh impetus and regain a stranglehold on the game.

Next up for Lichfield is a home clash against Wolverhampton on Saturday (December 12).

Lichfield: Taylor, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Hicks, Squire, Upton, Albutt, Burton; W Cotterhill, L Massey, Sprocic, Thomas, G Massey, Baker, Rose. Subs: Knibbs, Smith and Brear.

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