Lichfield City rounded off their season in a drab but controversial 0-0 draw away against Highgate United. The game was a dull affair as both sides created chances, but neither could seize on the opportunities they created. Players were sin-binned and Scott Goodby received a bizarre red card.

Lichfield had chances early on when a Luke Keen effort after a deep corner went over the bar and didn’t really cause much stress to goalkeeper Reece Francis.

Charlie Faulker had an effort early on, when a Nathan Haines won header dropped to Faulker, he drove with the ball before firing a shot just wide of James Beeson’s goal after 11 minutes.

Max Dixon was played in early by Luke Keen, a fantastic, clipped ball that had the striker running in on goal, he tried to dink it over the bar, but he dinked his effort over Francis’ goal, much to the relief of the home faithful.

A fantastic cross from the right led to captain for Highgate Arron Williams, the defender was free in the penalty area, but his headed effort went wide of Beeson’s goal.

Lichfield began to grow as the half went on, tricky winger Luke Childs skipped past three players as if they weren’t there before he unleashed a left-footed effort which was saved brilliantly by Reece Francis in the Highgate goal, as half-time approached.

Lichfield were creating chances early on in the second half, a brilliant ball inside from Leighton McMenemy to Jack Edwards, he rifled his right-footed shot right at Francis, the goalkeeper saved it brilliantly and it went behind for a corner which was cleared.

A bizarre effort from Faulker from a freekick on the right from 45 yards out, seemed to catch the goalkeeper by surprise as it struck off the crossbar before the follow-up effort was blocked.

Mitchell Mollison had a chance late on at the back post, his effort towards the near post was saved brilliantly by Beeson for a corner to the hosts.

Scott Goodby was sent off late on, after fouling a Highgate attacker near the penalty box, and the midfielder was dismissed late on for alleged misconduct, the decision seemed bizarre to say the least.

Throughout the game, Lichfield had three players sin-binned for reason unknown, Childs, Joe Haines and Edwards received the punishment throughout the 90 minutes of the ridiculous game.

April 23, 2022
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