Racing Club Warwick beat Lichfield City 4-0 at Townsend Meadow, thanks to a hattrick from lively forward Costus Lautaru, which included two penalties, and a great finish by defender Daniel Kavanagh for the fourth.
Racing Club Warwick had the chance to take the lead from the spot 17 minutes in, after a foul in the penalty area by Scott Goodby, the referee had little choice but to award the penalty. Lautaru stepped up and put it past James Beeson in the Lichfield goal, the keeper did get his left hand down to the penalty but couldn’t quite keep it out.
One soon became two for Racing Club as the first half drew to a close. A fierce strike from the edge of the box led to Beeson having to parry the ball for the onrushing Lautaru, who was there again to fire home and make it 2-0 to the home side and deservedly so.
The third goal came from the spot yet again as poor defending from Lichfield led to another penalty conceded after a foul in the area this time by Kyle Patterson. The penalty by Lautaru was a cheeky Panenka penalty that hit the crossbar but was judged to have bounced over the line before the penalty taker headed it in which meant the goal was allowed to stand.
The fourth goal came from full-back Daniel Kavanagh who unleashed a wicked drive from inside the penalty box on the right and it hit the post and went in to wrap up what was a great performance by Racing Club.
Racing Club Warwick dominated the first half and created a plethora of chances to score when the game was goalless, a great cross from the left-hand side was inches away from being prodded into an empty net by Lautaru, who was a constant thorn to Lichfield City’s defence throughout the 90 minutes. Lautaru was again causing problems before his first goal as his shot from outside of the box hit the base of the post but stayed out.
Lichfield had a few half-chances in the first half, first through Jack Edwards who had a free-kick from the left which was kept out by Racing Club goalkeeper Lewis Walker.
Lichfield were close to getting one back before half-time when Jack Edwards, who was City’s biggest threat in the first half, skipped past a few players in the penalty box and could have gone down in the area after contact with the Racing Club defender, but stayed on his feet and his shot hit the crossbar and went over, which summed up the away sides opening 45-minute malaise.
It could have easily been more for the hosts but for some great saves from Beeson who kept City in it, during the second half. Lichfield City will need to regroup now and go again after a run of poor performances in the league has led to the team falling behind in the race for promotion.