Richard Coulthard reports:

Lichfield’s 2nd team had their first outing in the Derbyshire winter league away at Hood Park (Ashby) on Thursday. It proved to be a relatively straightforward 5-0 win with only Richard and Mark dropping games.

Rob won comfortably against the veteran Ray who seemed to save his point scoring for when he marked Ben’s game.

Mike fought off a comeback from Steve in the third to win in straight games and came through his first team game for some time unscathed.

Mark had the toughest game against Jim with some excellent rallies, winning 3-1 to overcome Jim’s fight back.

Ben’s game was relatively short with his opponent Richard rather out of sorts when compared to previous visits to Ashby.

Richard threatened to deviate from the team script when playing a younger opponent who was keen on running but he eventually won comfortably in the fourth.