Lichfield RUFC’s head coach has hailed his team’s performance as they secured their first home win of the season.

Stourbridge made it a tight contest at the outset, with the early stages seeing just two penalties with the teams equally paired on the scoreboard as well as on the field.

The dry conditions allowed for fewer handling errors than in previous games and much of the play was seen with ball in hand.

The game was tied from the two penalties until the deadlock was broken by Lichfield, which unfortunately saw a reoccurrence of the unwanted trait of retaliatory tries – the hosts would succumb to two from their own scoring.

Thankfully, the accuracy of Stourbridge’s kicking went in Lichfield’s favour, with the tit-for-tat scoring finally broken by a wonderful pass out of tackle by Sam Benson, allowing Stephen Gabbitass to run in.

Greg Massey was on similar form from the Old Hales game, running in two tries in quick succession to wrap up a 34-13 triumph.

“A great performance”

Lichfield’s head coach Dan Hemingway said: “It was a great performance from the boys.

“The work they have put in during the past couple of weeks really paid dividends, especially in defence.

“As a side we are learning how to become more balanced and we took big strides in that.

“We controlled the game well and pressured Stourbridge into arrows which we capitalised on. 

“It’s great to get that first win and the boys will build in confidence going into our next game on Friday night.”

Lichfield travel to Sutton Coldfield on 27th September for a 7.30pm kick-off.

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