After a couple of very late changes to the team and starting the game playing into a very gusty wind if took the Street boys a while to settle. Lichfield meanwhile were intent on making the most of the wind and stormed into a 13 point lead after 11 mins with two penalties and a converted try (13-0). On 14 mins Street starting to show their intentions when a break from Brett Daynes should have been finished but somehow the home defence scrambled back. Five mins later though the pressure told and Captain Liam Munro broke through a tackle to score under the posts and Cliffie Hodgson added the extras (13-7). Street followed this up on 22 mins with a great break and try. With the scrum looking really solid just inside our half and a scrum penalty in the bag Brett Daynes fed Ollie Cregg on the blindside who used his pace well to race through the home half and set up Chris Easton for the easiest of run ins. Cliffie Hodgson kicked the conversion (13-14).
The Street, despite the wind, was now starting to control the game. On 38 mins they missed a glorious opportunity when a lovely grubber kick from Cliffie Hodgson was knocked on when attempting to be collected. Amends were made with the last play of the first half with a play straight off the training ground. With a lineout on the half way line the Street carried into the centre of the pitch before switching play back to the same side. A great break from new full back Ben Palmer set up winger Jonny Ure for his first Broadstreet try. Cliffie Hodgson kicked a suburb conversion from the touchline. HT 13-21
The second half started in a scrappy fashion. Missed tackles in the centre of the field let Lichfield get on the front foot and then a penalty led them to have a 5m lineout. The resulting ball was worked out to the winger who then dropped the ball going over the whitewash. The good luck was short lived as after giving away a scrum penalty Lichfield’s own scrum was worked wide where their winger was given a far too easy path over the line. (18-21) Immediately from the KO Street had their own opportunity but this time it was our turn to knock the ball on when over the whitewash. The game continued in a scrappy mode with Lichfield having slightly more of the possession and both teams giving up cheap ball. It was from one of these cheap turnovers where the Street pounced and worked the ball wide for Jonny Ure to score his second try of the game which Cliffie Hodgson converted. (18-28). The last 10 mins continued in disappointing style. Lichfield continued to have the lion share of the ball and while the Street never looked in real danger their defence and structure lacked the discipline we have become use to. FT 18-28. The plus points were that we came away with 5 points, the run continues, Cliffie’s kicking in poor conditions and once we got use to the wind the first half performance was good & to lead at HT with the wind against us was impressive. The second half will be one to learn from and we cannot afford a repeat of it next week when we play Luctonians at home. We need a big crowd next week to get behind the boys, it will be great to see you there