By Shaun Webbley
Lichfield City were disappointing in a drab 0-0 draw against Lye Town, on a sunny Saturday afternoon. A fantastic James Beeson penalty save in the dying embers of the game saved a point for the away side.
On a difficult pitch for both sides, chances were few and far between on a tight and evenly contested game for Lichfield.
A hopeful ball over the top, looked to be easily dealt with by Lye Town, but Dan Lomas stole in on the blindside and could have scored early on, but his shot hit the side netting after 8 minutes.
A nice bit of interplay on the right saw a chance fall to Jack Edwards, a delicately clipped ball towards Edwards on the right from Dan Lomas, saw Lichfield’s top goal scorer in down the right. His fierce shot is well held by Ben Neway in the Lye goal.
Chances were hard to come by in the first half for the hosts, due to Lichfield’s domination in possession of the ball. Ben Billingham had the only half-chance of the first half for the hosts when he fizzed a stinging effort towards goal, but James Beeson held onto it well on the brink of half-time.
The second half was a different story as Lye began to take hold of the game. Alex Cameron did well to hold the ball up in the penalty box and feed winger Jay Holdcroft on the right, but he sliced his effort when in a good position much to the dismay of the home faithful.
Lichfield were struggling to get going in the second half and didn’t create any chances of meaningful quality. Nathan Haines was again brilliant in dealing with the high ball of Lye, consistently winning his aerial duels as the defender did away at Tividale on Tuesday night.
Alex Cameron was causing problems for the Lichfield defence, he unleashed a 25-yard strike that whistled just over Beeson’s bar. Jordan Davies had a chance late on in the contest down the left, he was running at speed against Max Black, Davies did well up until the finish as he scuffed his effort over the bar.
The drama came late on in the contest, Lye Town won a penalty late on for a foul by Max Black, which looked debatable, to say the least. Alex Meacham stepped up, and the tension was palpable but Beeson did brilliantly to save Meacham’s weak penalty, Lye did score from the follow-up, but the goal was ruled out for the hosts, Beeson did brilliantly to keep out the penalty.