Hales fall to Lichfield in try fest
Lichfield 53 Old Halesonians 33
Old Hales first team travelled to Lichfield for their final league game of the season. The visitors started confidently but after 9 minutes the Lichfield backs broke the line early for a score.
Hales came back with some dominant scrummaging providing ball through Jamie Keen and Ian Briggs at half backs. Luke Smith got on the end of a Chris Hooper pass to sprint for the line for try, converted by Briggs 7 - 7.
Lichfield came back immediately with two quick tries in succession from well worked lineout play to lead 21 - 7 after 30 minutes. Hales fought hard with Neil Mason, Rich Taylor and Jay Martin making ground with centres Ben Barkley and Carl Robinson always looking dangerous. Another scrum won for Hales, Robinson split the defence to feed wing Jay Reid for a well worked try in the corner, converted by Briggs 21 - 14.
Lichfield were dangerous from the restart, the backs again breeching the Hales defence to extend their lead to 26 - 14. Hales kicked for territory from the restart, a lineout by Callum Young, over the back of the line for Briggs to collect and sprint for an individual try and conversion to pull back to 26 - 21.
Hales were forced with changes, Mason receiving a Yellow for no reason, Matt Young replaced Matt Probert at Prop and Harrison Plumb on for Joe Collingham. Hales were disrupted with the changes and could not get momentum, Litchfield capitalised with 2 quick tries 38 - 21.
Further changes for Hales, Cael Hodgson on the wing for Reid and Collingham back on which made an immediate impact. He made many breaks through the Lichfield defence but could not link up for a pass. Lichfield again came back with a try 42 - 26. Hooper had left the field for treatment but returned to score an individual try converted by Briggs 48 - 33 with still a chance to turn things round and putting the home side under some pressure.
However the final score came from a mishandle and the Lichfield full back too fast for the covering defence to score for a finish to the season for Hales in 8th position in the league. Hales meet Bournville in the final of the North Midlands Cup on Sunday 7 May, venue and kick off time to be notified