Lichfield RUFC’s head coach admits he was pleased to see his side avoid a potential banana skin against struggling Kidderminster.
The Myrtle Greens were riding high after a win over league leaders Kenilworth last time out.
But with this weekend’s hosts Kidderminster coming into the game on the back nine straight league defeats, Lichfield’s task was a different one – although the outcome was the same with a convincing 62-5 victory.
Head coach Dan Hemingway said he was pleased to see a clinical .
“Massive credit to Kidderminster who worked hard for each other throughout and showed a real pride in their club,” he said. “They are having a tough season but seem a group committed to working together.
“It was a potentially dangerous game for us after such a strong performance against top of the league last week, but we put some good shapes together and scored some great tries.
“None were better than Cal Turner dotting down following an outrageous kick from hooker Steve Gabbitass.
“It’s great to see us playing with such freedom.
“Another strong defensive performance and we push on into a challenging run of fixtures up to Christmas that can put us right in the mix at the top of the table.”
Lichfield opened the scoring within five minutes when Charlie Milner crossed the line, but failed to convert his own try – something which he’d make up for just two minutes later when Dan Rowlands broke free, serving Milner to score his second. This time the conversion was good and Lichfield were up 12-0.
Dan Rowlands continued to make trouble for Kidderminster in the midfield, this time sending Greg Massey free on the 20 minute mark to score, Milner added the extras to make it 19-0.
The next try would also come from Lichfield after considerable phase play, with Kidderminster defending bravely. Greg Massey latched onto an outstanding pass by Tom Penzer-Adams, making it to the corner for Lichfield’s fourth of the afternoon to take the score up to 24-0 after Milner failed to add the extras.
Fans would only need to wait a minute for Lichfield’s next score. Turner gathered the restart, slipped the ball Gabbittas who conjured an outrageous grubber to be gathered once against by Turner for a fantastic score. The conversion by Milner saw the Myrtle Greens stretch the lead to 31 points without reply.
Kidderminster’s hard work paid-off in the 34th minute though as they crossed the line to score. the conversion was missed taking the half-time tallies to 31-5.
Lichfield piled the pressure on just moments into the second-half, when a handling error was gathered by Maxwell-Keys to score in the corner, with Milner converting.
Maxwell-Keys was pivotal just 12 minutes later, gathering a superb miss-pass from Luke Massey, before slipping to Richard Fielding to score. The conversion was missed, leaving the score at 43-5 – but the points were still continuing to flow.
With 66 on the clock, Luke Massey’s break created the space for brother Greg to complete his hat-trick and take his side past the half-century mark.
Just three minutes later and utility hooker Gabbittas slipped Sam Benson on the blind for a run down the wing from the 22 for a great score, although the extras were missed.
There was still time for more though as a Benson pick and go allowed him to bag his second try, with the conversion bringing the final score to 62-5.