Bridgnorth 31 Lichfield 15
Bridgnorth bounce back with bonus point win
There is no doubt that the Premier League throws up some strange results where teams beat opponents above them in the League and then lose to those below them
Lichfield beat Bridgnorth in October ending a seven match winning streak but Bridgnorth made amends by winning this week31-15. The Clubs have very similar attitudes to the Rugby ethos of Enjoyment and friendship, both believe in breeding their own future players, and on the field, play in the right spirit within the laws and celebrate apres match whatever the result.
Lichfield a City with 30+thousand population and the home of Samuel Johnson,were formed in 1874.
Bridgnorth, an inland resort formed links with the family farmers with the Wards and Penningtons Bridgnorth branch. The Clubs also shared a table on a Lions Cruise in the Antipodes.
On the field games are played in a robust spirit but within the Laws and of course there is the traditional apres match atmosphere, whatever the result, a very sociable encounter.
Lichfield beat Bridgnorth in October by a single score 34-31.
This week with Bridgnorth pack having the measure of their opponents, a very entertaining battle brought some serious midfield tackles from both teams
Bridgnorth solid front row of Boyce, Edwards and Cave made a great heave for Gareth Bladen
to break clear close to the line but then conceded a penalty to let Lichfield escape. The visitors then made several charges to be tackled by Will Bishop
, Tim Breakwell
and Llew Williams
. Ben Rochelle
also very active, conceded a penalty and got a yellow card to give the visitors the lead 0-3. With the Bridgnorth pack driving well Jordan Burgess
scored with the conversion from Williams making the score 7-3
Lichfield won a lineout to score in the corner to take the lead 7-8.
A yellow card for Lichfield evened things up and another powerful scrum gave an easy try for Connor Nicholls
to score with Williams adding the points. Jordan Burgess
made a great catch of the high kick off which produced another penalty for Williams. The Bridgnorth pack firmly in control, trundled the opposition back to give Calum Madden
the chance to stroll over, with Williams again adding the points. In the dying minutes Connor Nicholls
picked up to nip over. Williams successful kick made the score 31-8 In the dying minutes Lichfield scored a consolation unconverted try to make the final score 31-15.
So with an excellent lunch,a drink with old friends, an entertaining match with the right result
A very enjoyable day out!
Getting back on track Bridgnorth played some good rugby, with great teamwork especially the dominant pack. For excellent work in the engine room, often unseen, the Bridgnorth man of the match was Ben Rochelle
Bridgnorth now have some hard games to come with the Leagues leading Clubs.