Racing Club Warwick Reserves 3 Lichfield City FC 4

Paul Dutton outshone his older brother as Lichfield City FC came out on top in a seven-goal thriller at Racing Club Warwick Reserves.

Jon Rob Dutton has been the headline-maker for much of the season thanks to his goal-scoring exploits which have seen him plunder ten league goals.

But it was Dutton Junior who took the plaudits on Saturday though, as he bagged a brace on his debut as City recorded a 4-3 victory over the league’s bottom club.

Aaron Cleaver and James Russell also found the back of the net to ensure victory for Dean Gilbert’s men.

City flew out of the blocks and only a mixture of poor finishing and unorthdox goalkeeping kept them at bay as Jon Rob Dutton and Danny Worrall both went close.

Against the run of play, Racing Club took the lead in the 20th minute but City were soon back on level terms when Paul Dutton raced clear and made no mistake with a clinical finish from close range.

City continued to push forward and were awarded a penalty when captain Danny Worrall was brought down in the box. Leading scorer, Jon Rob Dutton, stepped up but his penalty was well-saved.

City were soon in front though when James Russell fired come five minutes before the interval.

The weather conditions worsened in the second-half as the rain lashed down at Hampton Road. Young defender Sean

Emery became a victim of the conditions when he collided with the post after heading wide from a corner. He was replaced by James Lawson and it was a mix-up between Lawson and Ben Stephens, who were adjusting to life as an emergency central defensive partnership, that gifted the home side an equaliser.

That didn’t deter City though and, thanks largely to the Dutton brothers, they continued to cause the home side all sorts of problems.

A wonderful one-two between Jon Rob and Paul saw the latter dance his way through the Warwickshire defence and beat the keeper for his second goal of the game to make it 2-3.

Aaron Cleaver then looked to have put the game beyond Racing Club when he hit a ferocious shot into the roof of the net from a corner to make it 2-4.

All credit to the hosts though, they kept plugging away and pulled a goal back at the death to make to 3-4.

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Boss Gilbert said afterwards:

“We came up against a determined Warwick side and outplayed them. There were two major plus points to come out of the game. One was the continued progression of some of our younger players and the other was the debut performance of Paul Dutton.

“Paul had offers from clubs in higher divisions but we are delighted he chose Lichfield.

“Warwick had a new manager in charge and a few new players and we were just pleased to get the win. They are a good, friendly club and we wish them all the best for the future.”

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