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Match report: Lichfield RUFC 58 Camp Hill RUFC 10

Lichfield welcomed Camp Hill to Cooke Fields, keenly anticipating a tough, physical contest given that Camp hill had turned over the Myrtle Greens in their first encounter earlier in the season.

The hosts had prepared well throughout the week, but the unfortunate injury to the promising young prop Adam Clarke which will rule him out for the rest of the season helped focused the minds on the task at hand and the physical nature of the game.

Lichfield started with such an intensity and tempo that after six minutes they were 10-0 ahead after an excellent finish from both Brad Rowlands and George Cotterhill.

As Camp Hill seemed to adjust to the tempo that their hosts were playing at they began to exert some pressure as centre Ian Briggs slotted a penalty and then Rob Hill scored a try after some inaccurate handling and sloppy defending, converted by Briggs.

With the score at 10-10 Lichfield began to play with an accuracy which allowed them generate phase after phase and after playing with great composure, Luke Massey ghosted through a gap and sprinted three quarters the length of the pitch to score under the posts, converted by brother Greg.

Camp Hill struggled to maintain their intensity and as the home side grew in confidence gaps started to open up for the dynamic Lichfield backline. Greg Massey pounced on a poor kick and after some outstanding counter attacking play he ran the length of the pitch to score a fine individual try, which he also converted.

As the Myrtle Greens ran in to the changing rooms to evaluate their first half performance it was evident from the faces and body language of many of the visiting players that pace and intensity of the first half had taken its toll.

Following ten minutes of play in which both teams struggled to gain any momentum or territory, Lichfield struck first after the break, scoring a superb try which saw Derrick Squire sprint half the length of the pitch to score in the corner following some a superb fend which knocked over three Camp Hill players.

The ever impressive Greg Massey then scored another excellent try which was converted by Paul Maxwell-Keys, taking the score to 41- 10.

Camp Hill looked exhausted and it was only some inaccurate passing and poor decision making which kept the score anywhere near respectable. Following the kick off, Lichfield expertly gathered and then moved the ball across the pitch, as players organised quickly. They then went through four phases before setting up hooker Steve Gabbitass to run a try. Paul Maxwell-Keys converted from the touchline.

In the final eight minutes of the match, the hosts scored a further two tries, which encapsulated both the attitude and potential of this squad of young players. Brad Rowlands and Paul Maxwell-Keys, both studying for their A Levels at King Edward VI School, rounded off a superb team display, taking the score to 58-10 which represented an outstanding turnaround following Lichfield’s previous defeat to Camp Hill at the start of the season.

Lichfield travel to Whitchurch this Saturday (February 4) in what will be yet another tough encounter.

Lichfield: 1. Josh Machin, 2. Stephen Gabbitass, 3. Dave Bassett (c), 4. Joe Thompson, 5. Derrick Squire, 6. Paul Finnemore, 7. Charlie Milner, 8. Rich Burton, 9. Matt Smith, 10. Luke Massey, 11. Paul Maxwell-Keys, 12. Tom Adams, 13. George Cotterhill, 14. Brad Rowlands, 15. Greg Massey, 16. Dan Taylor, 17. Tom Paulson, 18. Phil Jones.

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