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Banbury RUFC 19 Lichfield RUFC 52

Lichfield RUFC travelled to Banbury RUFC looking to bounce back after a disappointing result to Bournville the week before – and they did just that with their best all-round performance of the season to date.

They welcomed Josh Massey into the side for his first start and Charlie Milner on to the bench for his first game at this level.

From the kick off Lichfield showed a much improved zest for work and went through several strong phases. However, it was Banbury who opened the scored when there winger fielded a kick and with no covering defence ran 40 metres to score. This score was converted by the Banbury 10 and the visitors found themselves 7-0 down after three minutes.

This was a prove Banbury’s only score of the half as the Myrtle Green forwards and backs combined to score some excellent tries.

To their credit the hosts never stopped trying but the powerful Lichfield side took control of all phases of the game with another destructive scrummaging performance being the catalyst for some great inter play between the forwards and backs.

First half tries were scored by Greg Massey (2), Gareth Brear, Tom Adams and Rich Burton crashing over from a driving lineout. Four of these were converted by Luke Massey, who was controlling the game well from 10, to give Lichfield a 33-7 half time lead.

The visitors had actually been playing into the wind in the first half and turned around looking to continue where they left off and use this breeze to pin the tiring Banbury team back.

Lichfield scored first with another Tom Adams try, on his return after several weeks off through illness. This was again converted by Luke Massey.

The Myrtle Greens then took their eye off the ball and the team of previous weeks returned with Banbury scoring two quickfire tries through their replacement, one of these was converted by their 10.

This shock to the system jolted Lichfield into a response and they finished the game with further tries through Gareth Brear and Matt Brown, with Luke Massey converting one of these.

Lichfield will be pleased to have returned to winning ways in excellent style, showing the type of character which took them to the top of the league last season, however, they will be keen to build on this performance and will look to put together back to back performances for the first time this season when they welcome Camp Hill to Cooke Fields on Saturday (October 9).

Lichfield RUFC: Taylor, Birnie, Bassett (c), Finnemore, Squire, Upton, Burton, Paulson; Butler, L Massey, Brear, Adams, G Massey, Brown, J Massey. Subs: Savage, Milner and Rose.

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