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Lichfield RUFC 44 Leamington Spa RUFC 18

Lichfield RUFC welcomed Leamington Spa to Cooke Fields hoping to get their first home league win of the season against a side who sat bottom of the table but had certainly been competitive in their games to date.

The Myrtle Greens made a number of changes with Sowden coming into the front row for Taylor who started on the bench. Milner was unavailable due to county duties meaning that John Hicks made his first appearance of the season and Greg Massey started on the bench after picking up a hamstring strain against DK, meaning a return for the speedy Jack Sporcic.

Lichfield started the game excellently with Rich Burton crashing over under the posts from a well-worked move in the first minute which was converted by Luke Massey.

This excellent start then led to a very frustrating next 39 minutes in which the main star of the show was the referee who seemed to penalise the hosts for every offence in the book.

The young Lichfield side did well to try and control their frustration at the stop-start nature of the game and extended their lead through a Luke Massey penalty on 18 minutes and a Gareth Brear try on 32 minutes – converted by Massey – which followed a 40 metre break by second row Derrick Squire. In between these scores Leamington converted a penalty and the hosts entered the break 17-3 up.

The Myrtle Greens came out in the second half determined to take control of the game and Luke Massey converted good pressure with a well struck penalty after 42 minutes. This was following up by a fine try scored by Luke to extend the lead. Leamington then hit back with a try through their inside centre which was converted and then followed up by a penalty.

The Lichfield front five showed their dominance by forcing a penalty try after several collapsed scrums on the Leamington line, converted by Luke Massey.

Jack Sporcic then showed a clean pair of heels to race in for another score which was again converted by Massey.

Leamington, who never gave up, had the final say with another try from their impressive 12 with five minutes remaining.

Lichfield RUFC: Sowden, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Hicks, Squire, Thompson, Burton, Paulson; W Cotterhill, L Massey, Sporcic, Adams, J Massey, Brown, Brear. Subs: Taylor, Perrins and G Massey.

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