Lichfield City fell to a 4-1 defeat at home to Stourport Swifts at the Trade Tyre Stadium, in what was a controversial game due to a penalty awarded to the away side which turned the game on its head.
Lichfield took the lead after 8 minutes through a penalty won by Joe Haines, after a great piece of skill won the home side a penalty, which was converted brilliantly by penalty expert Dan Lomas into the top left corner.
Drew Canavan drew Swifts level after a controversial penalty award. When Stourport’s captain Taylor Townsend was sent in on goal, he forced a save out of goalkeeper James Beeson. The goalkeeper was deemed to have fouled Townsend and the referee awarded a controversial penalty despite the protests from James Beeson and the Lichfield faithful, the penalty was converted calmly by Canavan.
One soon became two just two minutes after, a lapse in concentration in the defence from Lichfield led to the dangerous Townsend was there to intercept the ball and drove to the byline, his dinked cross was headed in off the post by Mason Birch to make it 2-1 to the away side after just 17 minutes.
Lichfield had chances to equalise an effort by Luke Childs which was cleared off the line was the highlight of the chances created by the home side, who after having much of the control and play in the first half seemed to lose confidence after the penalty award for Swifts.
On 65 minutes the game was taken away from the home side after a mix up at the back allowed Swifts to score again through Lee Chilton, who had an empty net to bury the effort after Beeson had brought down Edison Antonio before Chilton had the easy job of a tap in.
It was four not long after when a fantastic delivery from a corner on the right by Chilton, was headed into the roof of the net brilliantly by defender Ben Jevons to make it 4-1.
The performance from Lichfield overall was a poor one but they will need to bounce back now when they take on Whitchurch Alport, in what will be a big game on Wednesday night for City.