Lichfield City ran out resounding 4-0 winners against 14th place Highgate United at the Trade Tyre Community Stadium, in what was a comfortable victory for the in-form Lichfield side in the end.

The win for Lichfield makes it four games unbeaten now and means the team go into a good run of form ahead of a crucial stage of the season with games coming thick and fast.

Lichfield took the lead after just 8 minutes when a great through ball from Joe Haines, who was playing in midfield next to Kyle Patterson. The number 6 laid it on a plate for captain Patterson who lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper Tom Alsopp in the Highgate net to give City the lead.

One soon became two through a clever indirect free-kick routine from Lichfield.

A Dan Lomas effort was too hot to handle for Alsopp he parried it out and one of Highgate’s defenders played a back pass to the goalkeeper, which the referee spotted and awarded the decision.

A clever freekick routine followed, goalscorer Pattison turned provider when he laid the freekick off to Luke Childs who saw his left-footed effort find the back of the net 12 minutes in.

Max Black made the game safe when a brilliant reverse ball by tenacious midfielder Joe Hartshorne found the marauding right-back, whose effort took a deflection which looped up over the goalkeeper to make It 3-0 to Lichfield after 70 minutes.

Defender Joe Haines could have made it 4-0 not long after but his left-footed effort from the right after doing brilliantly to fashion the chance for himself, had his rasping effort saved by Alsopp after 73 minutes.

Luke Childs had a chance for a second late on, The creative winger was sent through one on one, Alsopp closed down the angle, Childs beat the keeper but it went just wide.

It did become 4-0 late on when a great effort with his left foot after cutting inside by Dan Lomas was kept out by Alsopp before youngster Lewi Burnside followed in on the rebound which capped off a fantastic night for City.

The win for Lichfield keeps them second in the Midland Football League Premier Division, but remain 17 points behind league leaders Hanley Town but City still have two games in hand to close the gap.

January 20, 2022
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