|August 31, 2022||7:45 pm||MFL Premier||2022-23|
Midland Football League
Wednesday 31st August 2022
Lichfield City 1-0 Tividale
Better, But a blank Bank Holiday
After a poor display 4 days earlier, the last team you want to face is one of the fancied sides for the title. Lichfield City came into this game unbeaten in all competitions this season while Tividale were looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats and conceding 7 goals in the process.
Manager Dave King made 4 changes to the side from Saturday. With goalkeeper Louis Connor unavailable, Peter Hawk made his first appearance of the season. The Boss was also able to welcome back Louis Ezewele into the heart of the defence. On his return to the club Jakob Burroughs came in to the midfield and Dean Fisher also was recalled. Those three replacing Brad Welding and Alex Woodhouse both injured and Jamie Hunt on holiday. It meant Kourouyianni switching to left back to replace Welding with Ezewele taking up his role at centre back. Jakob Burroughs into the Woodhouse holding midfield role and with a slight change of formation, Fisher in a more attacking role
Tividale were at it from the off and Snape had three good chances in the first 18 minutes. The first in the 6th minute after Dan Smith played him through but Lichfield defender Luke Childs got a foot in as he shoots and that takes the pace off it. A minute later and Snape had another chance, he had a little space in the penalty box, but blazed over. His 3rd and best chance came in the 18th minute after a flicked header from a free-kick he was free in the box but Lichfield goalkeeper James Beeson was quickly off his line to smother it out for a corner.
City’s first chance came in the 20th minute. Cameron Dunn played a brilliant through ball to Ethan Muckley. The ex-Tividale man’s shot produces a great save from Hawk. Snape had another chance in the 22nd minute when put through but again Beeson foils him. On 26 minutes Jakob Burroughs carried the ball from midfield and is invited to shoot but it just clears Beeson’s crossbar. Fisher then fired just wide on the half hour mark.
And that ended a very entertaining half where Tividale would rue those missed chances.
Half Time: Lichfield City 0-0 Tividale
The second half started the same as the first half with Curtis Cocking with a shot off target and a couple of Lichfield attacks that came to nothing. On 57 minutes the deadlock was broken Lichfield skipper Kyle Patterson ran onto a ball over the top and went down in what looked like little if any contact in the area and to the amazement of the Tividale players and many of the home side a penalty was awarded. Sam Fitzgerald stepped up and sent Hawk the wrong way from the spot.
The rest of the half became messy with petty fouls, petty decisions, substitutions, and time wasting and the only real bit of football worth mentioning was a Cameron East long throw 4 minutes from the end that caused havoc in the City penalty area but after a spell of pin ball it was forced wide
Full Time: Lichfield City 1-0 Tividale
Tividale: – 1. Peter Hawk, 2. Cameron East, 3. Zac Kourouyianni, 4. Jakob Burroughs, 5. Joe Burroughs, 6. Louis Ezewele (15. Ibrahim Almane 66), 7. Malcolm Melvin (14. Sam Oakley 82), 8. Curtis Cocking, 9. Dan Smith, 10. Ryan Snape, 12. Dean Fisher (16. Nathan Weir 72)
Unused Subs: – 13. Thomas Harper.