Lichfield RUFC secure the league and cup double

Lichfield RUFC rounded off a memorable season by lifting the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

A 50-18 triumph over Walsall means the first team match their counterparts in the seconds by completing a league and cup double.

The weather and pitch at Newcastle-under-Lyme were in great condition and the Greens fielded a full strength squad to face off against a team they had beaten twice this season.

It was Walsall who struck first when Lichfield failed to exit from the kick off and were penalised at the scrum.

The Greens showed some signs of rust and although playing all the rugby, they were unable to capitalise on their possession. Their opponents were struggling to hold on, and the pace of Lichfield’s play took its toll, as the structured play took them deep into the 22 before Greg Massey showed some tidy footwork to feed Charlie Milner for the opening try of the game. Josh Massey added the extras, was soon to add more as he knocked over a 35 metre penalty in windy conditions.

Walsall struck back with another penalty, but with just over 20 minutes played, Lichfield hit a purple patch.

Excellent team play saw the ball spread wide on numerous occasions and tries from Josh Massey, Tom Adams, Dan Clarke and Dan Taylor saw the lead stretched to 30-6.

Walsall hit back just before half-time when a penalty was kicked into the corner and the resulting maul was driven over from close range.

Lichfield headed in just as the rain came down to lead 30-11. Changes were being made with the Greens fully utilising its bench and the powerful onslaught continued in the second half.

Walsall could find no way through the Lichfield defence, whereas the Greens were finding ground with every phase.

Charlie Milner got his second as excellent team hands saw the ball moved to the corner for him to finish.

Walsall were able to get themselves onto the scoreboard, as a rare Lichfield defensive lapse allowed the centre to break through and pass inside for a converted try.

Despite this setback, the Greens were to finish the game strongest, as carries from Sam Prior and Dan Rowlands gave them good position. Josh Massey secured his hat-trick with two tries in the same corner, and brother Greg crossed to seal the victory.

Lichfield: Taylor, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Thompson, Southern, Turner, Milner, Burton; Evans, L Massey, Wedgwood, J Massey, Adams, D Rowlands, G Massey. Subs: Squire, Clarke, Prior, Taplin, Albutt, Abel and W Cotterhill.

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