Lichfield opened their season at home to Old Halesonians in a match plagued by tries! Lichfield struggled to maintain composure in the first half, allowing Old Hales to run in a brace of tries with no reply.
At half-time the match was looking sewn up, until super-sub Greg Massey ran in 3 tries in quick succession, with additional scores coming from Brad Rowlands, Matt Chandler, Adam Spinner, Paul Maxwell-Keys & Harvey Wootton, it looked like Lichfield might pull off an amazing turn around, sadly an intercepted pass in the last few seconds put pay to those thoughts, the game ending 52-60.
Director of Rugby, Dan Hemingway:
"Well that didn’t go to plan, but we are Lichfield, so inevitably it was entertaining!
We are extremely disappointed with our performance for the first 50 minutes, defensively we made far too many errors and handed the game to Hales either side of the half time break.
Our subs made a great impact and we really let loose second half, we showed what we can be about and the character in the group to come back the way we did and it was a shame to see the interception last play that took a point away from us.
Going into next week we need to take this reality check and be better defensively. We can’t accept scoring 50 points and not winning a game of rugby. We need to rid ourselves of the entertaining losers tag and become a side that’s knows how to win rugby games.
On to next week."
The Ladies Red team were home to Sheffield on Sunday (8th), and clearly not happy to be outdone by the men managed to put 82 points on the board without reply.
The Ladies Green team were away to Bletchley, on Sunday, losing 29-10, but with many positives taken from the match.
The men's 1st XV next match is away to Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday the 14th September, the Ladies Red team play West Park Leeds Ladies at Cooke Fields on the 29th September.