|October 16, 2021||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2021-22|
Midland Football League
Saturday 16th October 2021
Lichfield City 4-0 Tividale
Lashed at Lichfield
Sometimes in life you must put your hand up and accept that the better man, woman, or team were better on the day, and it just was not your time. This unfortunately for us was one of those days.
It was our first ever visit to Lichfield’s Trade Tyre Community Stadium and manager Dave King unsurprisingly started with the same eleven that played the whole game in the win against Worcester City a week ago.
In a very low-key start in which neither team created a decent opportunity. Tividale’s had the only chance of the opening period when in the third minute when Elliott Hartley fired over the bar. Tividale’s keeper Niall Maher produced the first save of the game when he parried and collected a Jack Edwards shot. Hartley then forced a save out City keeper James Beeson when he cashed in on a City unforced error but his shot lacked the power to trouble Beeson.
In the 26th minute the impressive Luke Childs showed a superb piece of technical ability when he brought down a max Kyle Patterson pass with the outside of his boot cut inside and curled a left shot just wide of Maher’s post. Edwards then nearly cashed in on a poor Tividale clearance, but he dragged his shot wide. On 28 minutes Tividale should have gone ahead when after a goalmouth scramble in the Lichfield 6-yard box. The visitors did everything bar put the ball in the back of the net and eventually Eshan Greer put the ball over the bar. On 31 minutes a Max Dixon shot was well saved by Maher and a minute later Jamie Elkes headed a Joe Haines cross wide of Maher’s post as the home side ramped up the pressure.
In the 36th minutes Lichfield were rewarded for their pressure Edwards controlled a Haines cross and steered the ball past Maher and into the back of the net. Lichfield doubled their lead on 40 minutes when decent work from Patterson to keep the ball in play he found Edwards who attacked the Tividale box and again gave Maher no chance with the finish at his near post.
Tividale ended the half with another great chance when Hartley broke down the right left Haines for dead side-stepped central defender Leighton McMenemy, laid the ball into Bustin but Beeson saved.
Half Time: – Lichfield City 2-0 Tividale
Tividale showed more of a sense of urgency at the beginning of the second half and you felt that if the visitors got the next goal, it could be game on but if it came from the home side then they would run away with it. But they found Beeson in no mood to give up his clean sheet and at the other end Edwards was still a major threat as proved on the hour mark when he shot over Maher’s bar.
Maher then had to pull off a stunning save to deny Max Black On 73 minutes Bustin went as close as you could when his shot finally beat Beeson but it came crashing back off the cross bar. Two minutes later and it was game over and again it came straight from a Tividale attack. A free kick was comfortably cleared, Lichfield swept forward, and Maher found himself one on one with Lichfield striker Max Dixon and the striker gave the keeper no chance with a low drive into the bottom corner.
5 minutes later and it was 4-0. Tividale defender Hayden Reeves was adjudged to have felled Edwards in the box and Dan Lomas scored from the resulting spot kick.
Full Time: – Lichfield City 4-0 Tividale
Tividale: – 1. Niall Maher, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. Hayden Reeves, 4. Luke Carter, 5. Ben Birch, 6. Matt Hunt, 7. Elliott Hartley, 8. Cameron Milne (12. Lewis McPike 64), 9. Ethan Greer (15. Jordan Edwards 78), 10. Darragh Bustin, 11. Curtis Cocking (16. Brogan Halpin 83)
Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk, 15. Dan Bryson,