Pic: Darryl Godden

Gloomy conditions failed to dampen Lichfield RUFC’s spirits as they picked up a victory over league leaders Kenilworth.

The Myrtle Greens went into the clash refreshed after a cancelled Hereford game and no fixtures played on Rugby World Cup final day.

Lichfield made their lives considerably easier by giving away so few infringements, as the first points on the board went against Kenilworth with a Charlie Milner penalty just five minutes from kick-off.

The game was centred around midfield open play for some time before Greg Massey was set-up for a sprint to the line. The conversion was missed, but the city side had already amassed an eight point margin.

A second penalty to Lichfield drifted to the left of the posts after a Kenilworth high-tackle on the 35 minutes mark.

The second half saw Paul Maxwell-Keys score two tries in relatively quick succession, with both tries converted by captain Milner.

The final try came from Tom Penzer-Adams, further exposing a weakened left-wing defence for Kenilworth. Milner added the extras, taking the score to a final tally of 29-0.

Head coach Dan Hemingway said: “I’m hugely proud of the performance – that’s one we have been working really hard towards.

“After the DK game we felt that we weren’t fit enough to play the way we wanted to and the guys have worked incredibly hard in training to correct that.

“A big target from the start of the year was to become more resilient and adaptable and we showcased both in abundance.

“The pack were simply outstanding in the amount of work they got through and the backs played some superb rugby in the conditions.”

The first team’s next outing is a trip to Kidderminster on 16th November.

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