Lichfield City are back to winning ways after a comfortable 3-0 win against bottom of the table Bewdley Town at home. Goals from Joe Haines, Charlie Shaw and Chandler Pegg were enough to see off a tough opponent, during a windy Saturday afternoon at the Trade Tyre Community Stadium.

Lichfield had chances to take the lead in the first half, Shaw had an effort from the edge of the box which was saved very well by Bewdley goalkeeper Joe Sidaway after 20 minutes and Jack Edwards’ shot at the back post was blocked well by Bewdley.

The second half was much better from the home side, Edwards had a shot from distance on the left, his effort was saved by Sidaway but Luke Childs couldn’t apply the finish from the rebound, in what were difficult conditions for the players due to the wind.

Childs was involved in another chance 6 minutes later when his beautiful flick over the Bewdley Town defender in the penalty box, didn’t result in a goal as his right-footed effort hit the outside of the near post.

The goal eventually arrived for Lichfield City just after the hour mark, when a short corner routine from the right, where Childs gave the ball to left-back Joe Haines, his wicked left-footed delivery evaded the Bewley Town defence and went in, although there may well have been a touch on the way through.

Dan Lomas had a chance to make it two when a Haines corner found Lomas free in the box but his headed effort went straight into the keeper’s hands from about six yards.

James Beeson did well for Lichfield making a couple of great saves to keep his clean sheet, after some decent chances for the away side after half-time.

Manager Ivor Green may well have started to feel uneasy with the chances Lichfield were wasting but eventually, the second goal came courtesy of Charlie Shaw. A nice move from City, a great ball through from Childs to substitute Chandler Pegg, who unselfishly squared it across to Shaw, who had the easy job of a tap in at the far post.

The third came deep in stoppage time in bizarre circumstances. Sidaway the busy Bewdley goalkeeper spilt the ball and the ball fell on a plate for substitute Chandler Pegg who had the easy job of slotting it into an empty net, to wrap up a great day for City.

The win is a much-needed boost of confidence for Ivor and the team, he will be hoping defender Leighton Mcmenemy’s injury isn’t too serious as he had to be substituted late on after a stoppage in play.

It’s a quick turnaround for City, who travel to Romulus on Monday night for another tough away game, City will be hoping they can pick up where they left off after today’s impressive win.

February 5, 2022
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