Lichfield City suffered a 4-1 defeat at home against Whitchurch Alport.

A four-goal haul from Alex Hughes did the damage, a Kyle Patterson equaliser did little to turn the tide of the game as Whitchurch were excellent throughout the game and thoroughly deserved their victory on the night.

Whitchurch Alport took the lead after 17 minutes after Lichfield goalkeeper James Beeson tripped Hughes in the penalty area, the Alport number seven was a constant threat throughout the evening with his pace and trickery.

Hughes won the penalty and Hughes dispatched the penalty comfortably sending Beeson the wrong way.

Whitchurch were on top for the majority of the first half and Hughes again was sent in on goal moments later, with just Scott Goodby to beat. Hughes cut in on his right foot and fired a low effort which was well kept out by Beeson who had a busy evening at the Trade Tyre Stadium.

Kyle Patterson equalised right on half time. Charlie Shaw skipped past two players before playing a great reverse ball to the full-back Max Black who whipped in a great cross and Patterson was there, his original shot was kept out, but the ball came back off him to equalise, in what was a scrappy finish.

Hughes was there again to punish Lichfield’s poor defending when he was sent in on goal, he had time and space to finish calmly past Beeson just three minutes into the second half to make it 2-1 to the away side.

Two soon became three when Hughes won another penalty this time Black was the culprit and Hughes went the same side and converted for his hattrick to make it 3-1 to Alport after 60 minutes.

Hughes got his fourth of the night on 78 minutes with a deflected effort from the edge of the box assisted by Ivan Urvantev which flew into the net, which was deserved on the balance of play on the night.

Lichfield tried to rally late on, a late freekick from Dan Lomas was kept out well by Allen who tipped it over for a corner which was eventually cleared, chances were few and far between for the home side.

A late chance for Charlie Shaw arrived after he was sent in on goal but he dragged his shot just wide of the far post late on in the encounter.

Lichfield will once again need to brush themselves down and get ready to face Walsall Wood on Saturday, with City needing to improve their poor away form if they are to stop the slump of results.

January 26, 2022
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