Lichfield City have now won back-to-back games in the Midlands Football League, after a brilliant 4-1 win away to Romulus. After a difficult period for the team, back to back wins will give City much more confidence ahead of a busy few weeks.

Lichfield took the lead after 33 minutes after a foul on Max Black on the right, won City a freekick. Haines’ beautiful, whipped delivery was inch-perfect for captain Kyle Patterson to head in. After being out with an injury, a goal will do the captain a world of good who was solid as a striker.

Romulus equalised after Umar Zaman played a fantastic ball over the top, towards Trea Bertie, he rounded Beeson in goal before slotting into an empty net, to draw the home side level.

The home side began to grow in confidence before half-time, but Ivor worked his magic at half-time and Lichfield came out a completely different team in the second half.

Lichfield retook the lead just three minutes into the second half, when Joe Haines again with a lovely delivery this time from the left, found Tom Brown at the back post. The tall number 9 headed it down past goalkeeper Connor Hill into the back of the net.

Beeson made a world-class save to deny a shot from the edge of the box, the goalkeeper had to be at full stretch to keep out the effort.

The save turned out to be crucial when just a few minutes after the save it became 3-1 to the away side. Max Black dinked a cross into the penalty area, the ball went over Patterson’s head, it fell to Jack Edwards at the back post, his first shot was blocked but the second found its way into the back of the net, much to the delight of Edwards.

Lichfield scored a brilliant fourth not long after, Edwards went through on goal and was being dragged back, the referee awarded the free-kick outside of the box. From the free-kick, a bit of genius from experienced player Dan Lomas made it four, when he struck a beautiful freekick to make it 4-1 to Ivor Green’s men.

Romulus were reduced to ten men late on when Cameron Lee was sent off for a second bookable offence, after fouling Kyle Adams who took down a long goal kick from Beeson beautifully before being fouled.

The win for City draws them level on points with AFC Wulfrunians in second on 45 points, with another tough away game against Haughmond FC coming up on Saturday for City.

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February 7, 2022

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