Newark Rugby Club lose against Lichfield on the road in Regional Two North Midlands
A match on the road saw Newark Rugby Club go down 33-10 in their Regional Two North Midlands against league leaders Lichfield.
It was the first time the club had visited Lichfield and they were hoping for a good start.
The kick-off went straight into touch and from the ensuing scrum Lichfield moved the ball to the right, before diving over for the first try after only two minutes.
Eventually, Newark came back and from a line-out close in managed to score after ten minutes, with prop Mattie Ashton crossing over.
Lichfield responded by setting up a powerful maul from a line-out to cross for their second try soon after to take the score to 14-5 for the home side.
Newark continued to try and attack, but a mistake in their own 22 led to Lichfield scoring a third try only five minutes later.
Lichfield lost a player for a team offence for repeated high tackles, but despite this scored their fourth try just before half-time.
The two teams came off the field with Lichfield up 26-5.
Newark were determined to put things right but Lichfield again showed their quality to gain a fifth try followed by a successful conversion.
A Newarkark try by Aloesi Waqalevu was disallowed following what was judged to be a forward pass but it gave the team some confidence.
Lichfield had a second player yellow-carded for a team offence.
From a line-out near the line, James Tarbatt sold a lovely dummy to cross for Newark’s second try.
Both sides could have scored again in the final 10 minutes, but the score line remained consistent until the final whistle.
Newark's 2nd team paid for a slow start in their match against Ashbourne as they went down 22-19 at home.