Lichfield RUFC secure victory over Sutton Coldfield

Lichfield RUFC continued the National 3 Midlands season with an excellent home performance to take five points against Sutton Coldfield.

The visitors were unable to deal with the quality and variety of the home attack. Scrum half Evans was central to this and he set the tone early on with some excellent quick tap penalties, giving his side an early 14-0 lead.

The first of these came when Abel’s excellent vision spotted space out wide and he sent centre Greg Massey over. The second try of the game came from great set piece execution by Lichfield, Charlie Milner showed footwork to provide the initial break and then provided the pass to allow Abel dive over.

Credit should be given to the visitors who, for the next period of the game, dominated possession and territory, but the home defence stood strong but eventually ill-discipline led to a deserved penalty try for the visitors.

The centre partnership of Massey and Maxwell–Keys tormented the opposition defence all day and it was no surprise to see the latter dance under the posts on 22 minutes after a fine break by Massey.

Some smart thinking by the Massey brothers was the catalyst for Lichfield’s next try, with Luke cleverly disguising a tap penalty to his brother who proceeded to run 60 metres with ball in hand and take play into the visitors 22. From there, some nice control eventually led to captain Burton going over in the corner.

The Greens, now firmly in control, allowed the visitors back into the game when a spot tackle by Sutton’s winger resulted in an interception try for the final score of the first half.

Lichfield enjoyed some possession deep into opposition territory early in the second half, which resulted in a penalty that fly half Massey converted.

Scrum half Evans was a constant threat to the opposition and again he came close on the 10 minute mark in the second period. However, this pressure caused by Evans forced the visitors into a rushed kick exit, which set full-back Cotterhill up for the counter attack which he executed perfectly by adroitly avoiding multiple tackles and setting centre Massey up to finish the score off.

Cotterhill was again the man to provide the spark which led to Lichfield’s next try. He picked the ball up just inside his own half and a powerful run led play into the Sutton Coldfield 22. From the resulting break-down, some quick thinking by flanker Milner put centre Maxwell-Keys into space, who then sent work horse Joe Thompson over for a deserved score.

Continued defensive pressure – led by Poole and Thompson – and smart kicking led to limited opportunity for the visitors and Sutton started to force the play. This led to the outstanding Maxwell-Keys intercepting a loose offload from the visitors. The centre then fed Evans who drew to last defender to eventually send Turner in for the score.

Maxwell-Keys was again the man to provide Lichfield’s next score from a fine set piece play. Fly half Massey was able to draw the opposition onto himself and the decoy runners, which created space for the centre to show his footwork and finishing power.

With five minutes remaining, scrum half Evans got his rewards for a great day’s work when he was the recipient of an intercept created by excellent defensive pressure from Chris Milner.

The visitors continued to play attacking rugby right into the dying minutes of the game and were awarded a try for the final score of the game.

Next weekend sees Lichfield travel to Birmingham and Solihull.