Lichfield City struggled to create many chances in the final third as an Anthony Malbon goal gives the league leaders the victory, at a busy Trade Tyre Community Stadium.

Max Dixon tested Kieran Harrison in the Hanley goal early on in the contest when his shot from the right was saved comfortably by the goalkeeper.

Carl Dickinson had a chance for Hanley 10 minutes later, after he was sent in on goal, a bouncing ball made it difficult for the attacker, his effort went just wide of James Beeson’s goal.

Jake Avery was away in on goal for the league leaders after a Lichfield corner but had 3 defenders around him, his shot went straight into the goalkeepers’ hands.

Dixon had another shot from the right a few minutes later but it again went straight into the keepers’ arms.

Hanley had a golden opportunity to take the lead on the stroke of half-time when Ryan Shotton was given too much time on the ball and he threaded a beautiful through ball to Jake Avery, but his shot was saved brilliantly by Beeson to keep the scores level going into the break.

Avery again was involved for the away side, when his rasping effort from the left-hand side hit the post and went out much to the relief of the home side.

Hanley finally did take the lead 64 minutes into the contest through Anthony Malbon who finished in the box brilliantly as his effort went into the bottom left-hand corner to give the away side a deserved lead on the balance of play.

City thought they equalised late on through a Chandler Pegg header, but the linesman put his flag up as there was an offside in the build-up.

The defeat leaves Ivor Green’s men in fourth place in the division, whilst the win for the league leaders takes them further clear at the summit of the league.

March 19, 2022

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