Lichfield RUFC 55 Dixonians RUFC 15

Lichfield warmed up for their Midlands Intermediate Cup final with a dominant victory over Dixonians.

It was another must win game for Lichfield as they pursue the Midlands two West League title and it couldn’t have started better, Luke Massey tearing over after two minutes to register Lichfield’s first try of the afternoon and give the home side a 5-0 lead.

Greg Massey converted a penalty in the 12th minute for an 8-0 lead and this score was followed by a fine try from Will Cotterhill after some enterprising team play. Massey added the conversion and Lichfield were into a healthy 15-0 lead.

Dixonians are an enterprising side and showed a great willingness to attack all afternoon and they took advantage of a Lichfield indiscretion in the 28th minute to register their first points through a penalty and narrow the margin to 15-3.

The Myrtle Greens continued to play with abandon and were rewarded in the 30th minute when Rich Burton rounded off a fine passage of play to crash over in the corner, Greg Massey’s touchline conversion adding to Lichfield’s lead to make it 22-3.

In the final two minutes of the half the Lichfield team put together two scintillating passages of play which saw Brear hitting a fine line to scorch over from half way and then Brown got on the end of a move that put Lichfield firmly in control of the game. Greg Massey converted both tries and Lichfield were 36-3 in front.

The second half saw Lichfield drop off the pace slightly in spite of scoring again in the first two minutes through Tom Adams, Greg Massey adding the customary conversion and Lichfield were 43-3 in front and on the verge of another half century.

A combination of stout Dixonians defence and a loss of concentration made this a difficult half for Lichfield who managed to score two more tries, Rich Burton getting his brace after a fine catch and drive off the line out and Greg Massey scoring off a slick backs move, he added the conversion and Lichfield had broken the half century at 55 points.

Dixonians continued to show enterprise and resolve and scored two fine tries of their own converting the second in the final play of the game to make it a solid 55-15 win for the Myrtle Greens.

The game saw Dixonians winger stretchered off in the final few minutes with a broken ankle and the club wish him a speedy recovery.

This Saturday (April 2) sees Lichfield entertain Melton Mowbray in the final of the Midlands Intermediate Cup.

Melton warmed up for this fixture with a comfortable victory over league leaders Coalville who had only lost once all season. This is an indication of how big a task Lichfield have this Saturday if they are to pick up their first trophy of the season.

Melton will be bringing a large contingent of travelling spectators so local support would be much appreciated for what is Lichfield’s biggest game for a number of years. Kick off at Cooke Fields is at 3pm.

Lichfield: Sowden, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Hicks, Squire, Burton, Albutt, Thompson; W Cotterhill, L Massey, Brown, T Adams, G Massey, G Cotterhill, Brear. Subs: Taylor, Upton and Butler.

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