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Your News Lichfield 32 - Kenilworth 14

A visit to Cooke Fields in search of their first away points of the season in Midlands One West ended in failure for Kenilworth. Although without some experienced players due to injury, and in spite of several decent passages of play, it was the home side, currently residing in mid-table, who posed most of the questions and were able to apply the finishing touches to moves, which brought them five tries (writes Bob Jones).

With many spectators still emerging from the clubhouse less than a minute after the first whistle, the visitors, already having knocked on from the kick-off, found themselves five points in arrears , after a sweeping move resulted in a touch-down in the left corner. To their credit, with fly-half Dave Johnston skilfully directing operations, they regained their composure, and forced Lichfied to concede the first of many penalties awarded by referee Paul Scott. After one such award, on the quarter-hour, Tom Kendall reduced the deficit to two points. Five minutes later, when Kenilworth were guilty of tackling a man without the ball, full-back Josh Massey replied in kind. The Staffordshire outfit looked the more assured and organized, and it was no surprise when a foot-race towards the Kenilworth line saw them gather the ball and set up a drive by the pack that culminated in a second try, converted by Massey, after 27 minutes. A rare coherent move by the Ks, with Jai Purewal, Chris Wood and Jack Gibson prominent, ended with the ball going forward. Johnson's probing kicks were causing panic in the Lichfield ranks, with one being hastily fly-hacked into touch near their line, as the cavalry approached. As the penalty count mounted, a Jamie Peacock trademark tap-and-go penalty saw the ball reach Johnston but his drop-goal attempt was wide of the mark. Catalin-Adrea Graur then decided to get in on the tap-penalty act. However, the ground gained could not be capitalized on by the pack, who were finding their opponents a handful.

The second half commenced without the influential Johnston, who had picked up a rib injury, Jake Povey replacing him. Kenilworth started brightly, with Graur, Phil Dickson and Wood combining to make inroads . Further good phases followed. These unsettled Lichfield, who hitherto had snapped up most of the ball when it was taken into contact. After they had transgressed, Kendall reduced the deficit with a penalty goal. After 15 minutes, Jonny Cresswell was introduced for Marcus Andrew. The home side now pulled themselves together, and as the game entered its final quarter, went further ahead by virtue of a converted try after a good move outwitted the Ks defence. Kendall pulled back three points with a penalty goal, after Mr Scott spotted a hand in a ruck. This was a mere blip, as Lichfield further upped the ante. Thereafter, it was this season's now all-too-familiar last quarter demise by Kenilworth. The best move of the match saw home left-wing Paul Maxwell-Keys cross for an unconverted try, after an incursion into the line by Josh Massey had facilitated the overlap. Then a kick ahead and chase proved too much for the cover, with another unconverted try completing the haul for the home side. During the final few minutes, there was renewed attacking effort from the visitors, with Gibson , Kendall and Cresswell in the van. A series of forward drives in the Lichfield 22 led to the award of four penalties in quick succession. The Ks were also adjudged to have been held up over the line, and it was justice when the final play concluded with Cresswell charging over from close quarters for an unconverted consolation try.

Kenilworth: Graur, Andrew, Muncaster, Phillips, Flowers, Dickson, Gibson, Wood, Peacock, Johnston, Beckett, Sheehan, Purewal, Clifford, Kendall. Replacements: Cresswell (Capt), Povey, Thompson.

Next Saturday (November 19th), Burton are the visitors to Glasshouse Lane. The game will kick-off at 3pm and conclude under floodlights.

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