Staffordshire opened their RFU National Under-20 Championship campaign with a hard-earned 16-7 victory over Leicestershire at South Leicester RFC this evening.
Lichfield fly-half Greg Massey played a key role in Staffordshire's win as he kicked eleven points including three penalties, the last of them two minutes from time which decided this tight Midlands Group A game.
Massey struck first after only three minutes but Leicestershire took the lead just before half-time when scrum-half Chris Rose of Melton Mowbray crossed for a try which fly-half David Hadkiss of South Leicester improved.
Massey reduced the lead to a point with his second penalty ten minutes into the second half and Staffordshire regained the lead when centre Ashley Martin (Newcastle-under-Lyme) scored their only try and Massey tagged on the conversion.
Uncontested scrums were awarded for the final 12 minutes of the game when injuries depleted Leicestershire's front row and it was during that period that Massey landed his final penalty which decided a hard fought game.