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Lichfield RUFC 46 Walsall RUFC 18

After last week’s home win against Leamington, Lichfield had the chance to secure a second straight home victory against rivals Walsall in the Staffs Cup Semi Final.

The hosts started brightly but it was Walsall who scored first, a penalty courtesy of the exchange Mexican referee and a 3-0 lead.

A minute later a well struck penalty by Luke Massey brought the scores level. In the 13th minute Lichfield’s pack were rewarded when Derrick Squire was on the end of a fine line out drive to score near the corner. Luke Massey was again successful and the home side were 10-3 up.

The Myrtle Greens kept the pressure up and in the 20th minute Gareth Brear scored a fine try, rounding the cover defence with ease and with Luke Massey adding the extras Lichfield were 17-3 to the good.

Walsall were playing with scraps at this time but still looked threatening ball in hand and in the 23d minute scored a fine team try which they also converted to narrow the deficit to 17-10.

Lichfield had the final say before half time, Massey on fire with the boot and converting another penalty to give the Greens a 20-3 half time lead.

The home side’s tight five of Taylor, Gabbitass, Bassett, Squire and Hicks were prominent in support and defence and like last week were dominant in the tight but were not getting their just reward from the referee.

Paulson, Burton and Thompson were revelling in the space and supply of go forward ball and were a nuisance at the breakdown for the Walsall attack.

Dave Butler was having a stormer rolling back the years and was keen to get one over on his old team. Luke and Greg Massey were always sniping and along with Tom Adams were penetrating the Walsall cover defence.

The back three of Josh Massey, Gareth Brear and Matt Brown were enjoying plenty of ball and were making the most of the opportunity to run at the opposition.

The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Lichfield stretch clear, a penalty by Luke Massey in the 47th minute and tries for Greg Massey and Joe Thompson in the 47th and 57th minute saw the game put out of reach of their opponents the score line racing to 39-13.

Ollie Savage, Charlie Milner and Richard Fielding, making his first team debut, brought on some much needed fresh legs.

The last 20 minutes saw Lichfield struggle for continuity and possession but it was a good test for their defence, which had been stingy and determined all afternoon.

Walsall did manage a deserved try before the end but Lichfield had the last word, another penalty by Luke Massey making the final score 46-18 and the prospect of a Staffs Cup Final against Burton to look forward to at the end of the season.

Next up for Lichfield is a game against Nuneaton Old Edwardians on Saturday (November 13).

Lichfield: Taylor, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Hicks, Squire, Thompson, Burton, Paulson; Butler, L Massey, Brown, Adams, G Massey, Brear, J Massey. Subs: Savage, Milner and Fielding.

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