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Lichfield RUFC’s development side secure narrow victory

Lichfield RUFC’s development team came out on top in a close encounter with rivals Walsall.

The two sides locked horns for the fourth time this season and produced yet another enthralling match.

Walsall pressed first and after seven minutes went ahead with a try in the corner from a well-executed lineout drive.

Then it was Lichfield’s turn to attack and a good series of play ended with Luke Taplin scoring from close range.

But it was Walsall who were back on the attack when a lineout saw the inside centre pick a great line to barrel over. None of the tries were converted so it was 10-5 to the visitors and only 19 minutes on the clock.

These early interchanges set the tone for the whole game as each team frequently looked capable of scoring in what was an open and entertaining game.

Gradually though, Lichfield started to string together more phases and in particular began to capitalise on a dominant scrum. Several more good phases of play saw two tries from Josh Machin, one of which was converted by Jim Clark – so that the home team was 17-10 ahead at half-time.

The second period did not see so many tries but still had lots of attacking play.

With 20 minutes to go Liam Lloyd managed to squeeze over for Walsall and the successful conversion tied the game up at 17-17, before Lichfield went back on the attack and missed a few chances to score from close range scrums.

Then with just five minutes to go and when it looked as if the game might justifiably end in a draw, Dave Preece extricated himself from a tricky situation and nonchalantly dropped the winning goal.

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