Wanderers Promotion Ambitions Kept Alive
A brace of tries from Wanderers No 8, Jake Saddington were vital as the Wanderers secured victory, by 25 to 16, against 3rd placed Lichfield.
Lichfield took the game to the Wanderers throughout knowing they had to win to keep their promotion ambitions alive.
The Wanderers defence held firm throughout as Lichfield, who had territorial and possession advantage, went in search of four tries.
The Wanderers were patient and took the lead when Saddington drove over the Lichfield try line, Tom Biggs converting.
A Biggs penalty soon after stretched the lead to 10 points.
Lichfield now enjoyed a spell of pressure in the Wanderers half, Tim Ohlson was sin binned for handling in a ruck & Lichfield took full advantage converting two penalties to close the gap to 4 points.
Lichfield were trying everything to breakdown the Wanderers defence but, there was no way through as the Wanderers closed down the Lichfield players, forcing handling errors.
Lichfield retained possession well under pressure but, finally a loose pass was intercepted by James Priddey on half way and he scorched home to touch down under the Lichfield posts, Biggs converting.
The second half began with Lichfield edging the territorial battle again but, unable to crack the Wanderers defence.
The sides exchanged penalties and much of the play was around halfway as both sides probed for an opening. The Wanderers were awarded a penalty which Biggs drove to the Lichfield 22; the Wanderers won the line out and set a driving maul, the control was excellent and they were rewarded when Saddington scored his second try, Biggs missed the conversion.
Lichfield scored a consolation converted try which their hard work thoroughly deserved and continued to press until the final whistle.
The Wanderers held out to record a crucial victory.