Lichfield continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a convincing 4-0 victory over third-placed Tividale.

A first-half brace from Jack Edwards, who made it seven goals in three league appearances, set the hosts on their way before a Max Dixon strike and Dan Lomas penalty put the game beyond doubt.

The hosts saw most of the ball in the early proceedings, with neither side creating a chance of note before in-form Jack Edwards tested Tividale ‘keeper Niall Maher with a low shot on the 20 minute mark.

Seven minutes later, City almost found the breakthrough as winger Luke Childs cut inside and produced a decent curling effort from just outside of the box, with his effort just wide.

The Tividale ‘keeper was forced into action again as Max Childs tested his luck with a low strike in the area with Lichfield knocking on the door with a third of the half to go.

However, against the run of play, the visitors came closest to opening the scoring as a goalmouth scramble couldn’t be taken advantage of, with the ball ending up soaring over the cross bar from close range.

The deadlock was broken before half-time as Jack Edwards latched onto a Joe Haines cross in the area and fired past Maher from close range, nine minutes before the interval.

Edwards soon made it two for himself and for City before the break after excellent work to keep the ball alive from skipper Kyle Patterson led to the midfielder finding his Lichfield teammate who struck home cooly.

Tividale came out from the break looking stronger with James Beeston tested on several occasions, albeit with tame efforts.

The hosts did still look the more threatening going forward, with right-back Max Black forcing Maher into an acrobatic save with a strike from distance.

The visitors kept pushing for a consolation, with midfielder Darrogh Bustin smacking the crossbar with a strike from the edge of the box.

However, the next goal came for the hosts with 15 minutes to go as striker Max Dixon was played into a one-on-one position and fired home with a low, venomous effort to put the outcome beyond doubt.

Minutes later and Lichfield had the opportunity to extend their lead to four goals from the penalty spot after Jack Edwards was brought down in the area. Dan Lomas made no mistake, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.

The victory sees Lichfield continue their unbeaten start and maintain their place near the summit, behind Lye Town whilst also having two games in hand.

October 16, 2021

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