Lichfield RUFC prove too tough for struggling Old Laurentian

Lichfield RUFC showed no mercy at Old Laurentian as they prevented the hosts from securing points they desperately needed to secure their league status.

The weather and the pitch were ideal for running rugby and the visitors showed this from the get go as they moved the ball at pace across the pitch. This proved fruitful as Rich Burton broke from his 22 and raced up the pitch, firing a perfect 20 metre pass over defenders to find Greg Massey who raced in for the opening try on four minutes.

Lichfield lost Maxwell-Keys early, so Milner moved into the centre and Dan Albutt returned to the fray in the back row for his first game since August.

The hosts were never going to lie down and some neat interplay and weak defence saw them cross for a converted try on 12 minutes. They followed this up with a penalty four minutes later.

The crowd were being treated to some free flowing rugby and Lichfield kept up their wide wide style of attack. This opened up some space and it was again the forwards showing their hands as Dave Bassett floated a long pass to Cal Turner to gallop over in the corner to tie the scores.

Old Laurentian struck back almost instantly to score under the posts and another penalty minutes later saw them extend their lead to ten points.

Lichfield were brimming with confidence throughout and enjoying playing with ball in hand. They worked their way up the pitch, and it was Jonny Evans who saw the space and scampered over from 15 metres. Josh Massey converted to send his side in at half-time trailing 20-17.

A tighter defence was required in the second period and it soon paid dividends as the home side were forced to turn over the ball. Two unanswered tries from Greg Massey and Will Wedgewood took the game beyond the home side as the Greens lead became 29-20.

The hosts did manage to score in the 55th minute to come back to one score, but two tries from Greg Massey and the pick of the bunch from Charlie Milner saw Lichfield show their class as they opened up a 21 point lead in ten minutes.

There was some joy for Old Laurentian at the death though as they scored to earn a bonus point which could prove vital in their battle for survival.

Lichfield: Taylor, Clarke, Bassett (c), Thompson, Squire, Turner, Milner, Burton; Evans, J Massey, Wedgwood, Maxwell-Keys, Adams, D Rowlands, G Massey. Subs: Gabbitass, Prior, Albutt.