A LATE penalty from Richard Mahoney helped injury-hit Bromsgrove end their miserable run of form against Lichfield on Saturday.
Dan Protherough’s side suffered back to back defeats to the Staffordshire side last season and that record looked set to continue at Crooke Fields.
After letting slip a nine-point cushion to fall 22-19 behind and with only 13 men on the field due to a string of injuries, the visitors appeared doomed.
But they dug deep and thanks to Mahoney’s coolness from the tee, they clinched an impressive victory as the replacement fly half dispatched two penalties late on.
Lichfield were one of only three sides to achieve the double against Bromsgrove last season, and the memory of the away defeat loomed large as the hosts started brightly.
But thanks to a timely intervention from Tom Hunt, who prevented Goodhew from grounding, Lichfield could not turn their possession into points.
Will Cotterhill and Chris Danks both missed kickable penalties, but the latter quickly made amends when he fooled the Lichfield defenders with a lovely show and go.
His speed took him through the gap his guile created and he went in under the posts to give himself an easy conversion, which put Bromsgrove 7-0 in front.
The visitors had their tails up and launched some good attacks, but could not get over the line and Lichfield then made them pay for it.
With their forwards proving difficult for Bromsgrove to handle, they started to get the upperhand and they soon got on the scoresheet as Callum Aspley found Cotterhill who went over.
This came from a dominant scrum and so did their second as they turned the screw, with Paul Maxwell-Keys touching down to give his side a 10-7 lead.
Maxwell-Keys missed a great chance to score just before the break, but Lichfield looked likely to kick on in the second half as Bromsgrove lost Dave Lewis, Malins and Richard Arnold.
But once again Protherough’s men showed they could thrive in adversity as Phil Horton was denied a superb solo try before James Upton crossed to put Boars 12-10 ahead.
James Shewell added to Bromsgrove’s injury woes when he was stretchered off with a damaged shoulder. But they had the momentum and struck again as a driving lineout saw Horton crash over.
The game was finely poised, but in an eight minute period where Bromsgrove temporarily went down to 13 men Lichfield scored two more tries to lead 22-19.
With numerical superiority, the hosts should have closed out the game as winners, but their opponents battled on and levelled matters with a penalty from Mahoney.
Lichfield were under heavy pressure and with running out they infringed again which allowed Mahoney to secure a dramatic win.