On Saturday October 17th 2015, in round 6 of the Women’s Premiership Lichfield visited Aylesford.
Lichfield started really well, immediately going on the offensive and quickly had Aylesford in trouble, the intial pressure paid off when Sarah Nicholas scored the opening try after six minutes. For most of the first half it was a similar story, with Lichfield dominating possession and territory and through their outstanding forwards, winning most of the scrums. This created a number of scoring opportunities which Lichfield took, with further tries from Ros Crowley, Holly Aitcheson, Molly Morrissey and Katie Trevarthen. Two conversions from Sarah Nicholas made the score 0-29 after 28 minutes.
Aylesford then began to get some possession and were eventually able to score just before half time making the score 7-29.
The second half was a different story, Lichfield added another converted try from Lucy Nye just after half time, but Aylesford then began to get more consistent, good quality possession and scored two tries with one conversion, bringing the score to 19-36 after 60 minutes.
As the second half continued, Lichfield regained control and possession and scored again through a converted Sarah Nicholas try after 72 minutes. With Aylesford scoring again at the final whistle the final score was 24-43.
Commenting on the match, Lichfield’s Head Coach Rich Bennett said “I thought we were outstanding in the first half, playing patient, controlled and disciplined rugby. We created plenty of scoring opportunities and we were clinical in taking them, securing the try scoring bonus point within the first 30 minutes.”
“Aylesford came back into the game in the second half with more possession and more fluency as we gave them space and more time.”
“Overall, I thought we thoroughly deserved the win and our performance was significantly better than in recent weeks. We are continuing to improve as a team but there is plenty more to work on over the coming weeks. In particular, the performance of some of our younger and newer players gives us great cause for optimism.”
Tries:- Sarah Nicholas (6,72), Ros Crowley (18), Holly Aitcheson (23), Molly Morrisey (25), Katie Trevarthen (28), Lucy Nye (42)
Conversions :- Sarah Nicholas (x4)
Players of the match for Lichfield were – Becky Noon and Carys Hall
AYLESFORD BULLS SCORERS
To be updated
Lichfield ladies host their first premiership home fixture at Leicester tigers, next week, they play Wasps straight after the Tigers v Harlequins game with a 5:15pm KO for the ladies.
They are hoping that as many supporters as possible will come and support them and Tigers have offered a discounted ticket price for all their supporters. This is a very proud moment for Lichfield as they push for the ladies Premiership to have elite status.
Report courtesy of Lichfield Ladies