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Lichfield RUFC took the spoils in a 13 try thriller at Cooke Fields.
Paul Maxwell-Keys almost got the scoring up and running from the first return as he crossed the line only to have it ruled out for a forward pass.
But any disappointment was short lived as Dan Rowlands gathered a sublime feed from Jon Doubleday to sprint under the posts for a converted try.
Ludlow retaliated five minutes later when scrum-half Perkins managed a quick-step to fool the Lichfield defence and score, the conversion was good to make it 7-7.
The crowd were forced to wait 15 minutes for the next points, until a short box-kick from the visiting scrum-half was gathered and spread by the home back-line, Cal Turner providing excellent support for Tom Penzer-Adams, for a relatively easy run in. The conversion was missed.
Lichfield’s next score came just past the half-hour mark when a powerful maul drove Ludlow back over the line for Adam Clarke, playing at hooker for the injured Steve Gabbitas, to drop and score and unconverted try.
Five minutes later and Ludlow were reduced to 13 men after two yellow cards in quick succession.
The second half started with a quick converted return try to take the scoreline to within three points.
Charlie Milner was the next player to score, a sprint down the right-wing after a feed from man of the match Jon Doubleday. Milner converted his own try and Lichfield were back at ten points clear.
The next try came from Dan Rowlands, exposing the weak right-wing again, Milner pinging the left-hand post to add the extras.
Ludlow responded quickly with their man of the match – right-wing Sparrow – scoring the first of his hat-trick haul.
Paul Maxwell-Keys then mirrored Milner’s dive after a sprint down the right to cross again and take the scoreline out to 45-21.
Lichfield then took their foot off the gas and Ludlow were rampant, scoring three tries in the space of 14 minutes, Sparrow with two and Hodnett with a single.
The Myrtle Greens were in danger of throwing the game at the death, but the home team held on and the final score was 45-38.
Lichfield head coach Dan Hemingway said:
“A five point win at home is great and continues our good run.
“Ludlow were most definitely a team that wanted to throw the ball around and play rugby in a similar fashion to ourselves – their back three in particular were dangerous.
“We felt that we probably lacked energy for big spells and were certainly far from our best, particularly in the last 20 minutes where we lost our shape and let Ludlow score three late tries.
“However, if we can still go and score 45 points when not playing well it’s shows the threats we have.
“A big shout must also go to the second team who won a league and cup doubleheader against Burton.”Lichfield RUFC head coach Dan Hemingway