It was a hard-fought victory, but in the end, high-flying Lichfield City were victorious 3-2 over tough to beat Stone Old Alleynians.

In what was a tense affair on the night, goals from Kyle Patterson, a Dan Lomas penalty, and a late strike by Max Dixon, which was a brilliant finish into the bottom left corner was the decider, in what would have delighted manager Ivor Green.

Speaking after the game, Green gave his verdict on last night’s events. “It wasn’t one of our best performances,” the Lichfield manager openly admitted. “I think you’ve got to give the opposition credit, they worked hard, were in our face. The wind was also difficult to deal with, but it is a great learning experience for the boys.”

The winner from Dixon ensured that the unbeaten run stretched to 10 games, a run which Green says is down to one key ingredient. “Togetherness without a shadow of a doubt,” the manager said.

“They work so hard together, they get on so well. They train well together; the dressing room is fantastic. When they turn up before a match, I want to see a spring in their step, which is something I’ve seen from all the lads.”

Green was also keen to stress the importance of wins like yesterday. “This is massive for us in terms of character,” he proudly said. “This is the first time we’ve been in this situation, we were poor tonight, a lot of things we usually do well didn’t come off.

“Wins like that will inspire the younger players, it shows that if you hang in there and keep doing what you’re doing then the result will come, 90 minutes is a long time in football.”

After what was a hard-fought game, the Lichfield boss feels that despite the performance, there are many things to learn from tonight’s game.

“We have lots to learn,” he admitted. “It would be harsh to say we didn’t deserve it; we were up against it. Some of the players, I thought had heavy legs, we have to look at the wider squad for Saturday.”

Saturday’s game against Shifnal Town provides another challenge for Green and his confident squad, with more teams raising their game for the division’s top dogs.

“Everyone wants to beat you don’t they,” he said. “I do believe it’s that little bit tougher than a game if we were in mid-table, but we’re prepared for that, we don’t worry too much about the opposition we focus on ourselves.”

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