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Match report - 13th April

Match report - 13th April

Robert Forsyth15 Apr - 13:37
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Lichfield 2nds 38 Burntwood 2nds 7

Despite having more than their fair share of possession and territory, Burntwood 2nds lacked the cutting edge of their hosts and lost 38-7 in the opening round of the Staffs Lower XVs Centenary Cup competition.
They gifted Lichfield two converted tries in the opening ten minutes. The first came from their own line out ball which ran loose for Lichfield to pick up and move to centre field for a score under the posts. The second was the result of an interception as Burntwood tried to exploit an overlap approaching the home 22.
The visitors fought back well with patient build-ups going through the phases to reach the home five metre line on several occasions but their only reward was a try for Ben Springett, converted by Craig Seedhouse.
Trailing 26-7 at the break, Burntwood had chances to turn promising positions into points but a combination of errors at vital moments plus sound defence by the hosts prevented a comeback. Lichfield sealed their progression into the next round with two more tries and a conversion.
Stand out performances for Burntwood came from Ben Finney and Tye O’Connor. The side now go into the Plate Competition and welcome Tamworth 2nds to the CCE Sportsway this Saturday – kick off 3pm.
A hastily arranged 3rd team fixture saw them travel to face a well-drilled Willenhall 3rds. They enjoyed the end of season run out despite losing 54-0.
Thus Saturday Burntwood 1sts travel to Wigan to face Aspull in the 2nd round of the Papa John Cup having been given a bye in the first round.
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