It was a beautiful day over Cooke Fields today and it remained so for Lichfield who managed to record their first home victory of the 2019/2010 season.
Stourbridge, resplendent in their pink striped shirts, held Lichfield to a tight contest, the only result of the early half were two penalties seeing the teams equally paired on the scoreboard as well as on the field.
The dry conditions allowed for fewer handling errors we'd seen in previous games and much of the play was seen with ball in hand and, thankfully, less kicking out of hand. The game was tied from the two penalties until the deadlock was broken by Lichfield, which unfortunately saw a reoccurrence of an unwanted Lich trait - retaliatory tries, and Lichfield would succumb to two, from their own scoring.
Thankfully, the accuracy of Stourbridge's kicking went in Lichfield's favour, this tit-for-tat scoring was 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.
Head coach, Dan Hemingway:
"Great performance from the boys today, 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 today. 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."
The final score was 34-13.
Lichfield next play on the 27th September, Sutton Coldfield away, a night game with a 7.30pm kick-off.
(an error in the original article stated the final score was 37-13, this has now been corrected)