Lichfield RUFC 3rds 0 Burntwood RUFC 2nds 5

With the pitches at The Sportsway unplayable, the only Burntwood RUFC team to see action last weekend were the 2nds.

They became the first Burntwood side to take to the field in 2010 and it was a successful venture although they left it late to clinch the Merit Table points against Lichfield RUFC 3rds.

Both sides fielded mixed line-ups but the hosts had the benefit of having more replacements available for use during the game.

It proved to be a cracking match in terms of effort and commitment but with both sides cancelling each other out, a scoreless stalemate remained until the 78th minute.

Until then, both sides had missed a couple of kicks at goal but the only quality piece of open rugby finally settled the issue.

Hal Gozukucuk, having gone closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock earlier with a try-scoring attempt which was held up over the line, gained possession for Burntwood with a thumping tackle.

Matt Cummins collected the loose ball and fed winger Dan Garrity. He found Sam Wanty and when he was tackled he managed to pop the ball back to Garrity who squeezed through a gap to touch down.

Following the postponed matches over the last month, Burntwood now have a busy second half of the season. They begin a run of five league and cup Saturdays which includes a Midlands Quarter Final tie for the RFU Senior Vase on February 6 at home to Pershore which will also be the date for the club’s Sponsors’ Day.

There are league fixtures to rearrange at home to Veseyans and Bloxwich and an away trip to Bishop’s Castle plus a Staffs Intermediate Cup Semi Final tie with Tamworth.

The hectic schedule begins with a visit to Wednesbury this Saturday (January 23). The Development XV travel to Burton 3rds (Merit) and the 3rds host Wednesbury 2nds (Merit).

On Sunday (January 24) morning the U17s are away to Tamworth and the U16s (H) and U14s (A) face Burton.

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