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Lichfield RUFC survive challenge from the weather and Barkers Butts

Lichfield RUFC saw off the challenge of Barkers Butts – as well as the weather – to secure a 36-6 triumph.

The Greens had scored two tries through Greg Massey before play was halted due to heavy hail in the 12th minute.

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When the action resumed the pitch was sodden and the wide play that had bought about those first scores would now become a rare sight in the first half.

With the style of play changing and conditions forcing errors, Barkers got on the score board through a well taken penalty.

Lichfield showed great resolve playing into the wind, and their powerful back was making inroads. This was most evident as a scrum was driven almost 20 metres for number eight Burton to drop on the ball and score. Barkers were unable to get close to the line due to some resolute defence. They instead settled for another penalty to go in at half-time 17–6 down.

With the wind now at their back, the home side started brightly and showed the ambition they had started the game with. The ball was now being spread wide to compliment the powerful direct play of the pack.

Greg Massey bought up his hat-trick and as the pitch started to breakdown, both teams were making handling errors. Barkers made a costly one on their line, as Charlie Milner was able to dive on a loose ball to score.

The result was settled soon after, as more excellent forward work saw Callum Turner driven over. The score remained at 36–6 for a good while as substitutes and spectators willed the referee to call an end to the game in testing conditions.

This was another win by attrition, reinforcing Lichfield’s credentials as league leaders. With Hereford against Burton being postponed due to the weather, the Greens have now opened up a 25 point gap at the top of the table with eight league games remaining.

Wolverhampton conceded the Staffs Cup quarter final due to be played tomorrow (January 29) meaning Lichfield are through to face Leek away in the semi-final, with this game likely to be played on February 22.

The Greens now have a break from league action at the weekend and return away at Berkswell and Balsall on February 8, before facing Burton at home a week later.

Lichfield: Taylor, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Southern, Thompson, Turner, Milner, Burton; Wedgwood, J Massey, R Fielding, Maxwell-Keys, Adams, D Rowlands, G Massey. Subs: Clarke, Squire, Taplin.

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