Lichfield City FC 7 Chelmsley Town FC 3

Lichfield City were in seventh heaven as they disposed of Chelmsley Town in the Midland Combination Second Division.

Jon Rob Dutton

Jon Rob Dutton

City recorded a 7-3 victory thanks to a Jon Rob Dutton hat-trick, a Paul Dutton brace and one apiece from James Lawson and Simon Deeley.

They didn’t have it all their own way at Brownsfield Park though, and came back from being a goal behind three times before claiming all three points against ten-men Town.

It was the visitors who took the lead in the tenth minute following an error from defender Danny McLoughlin, who was making his debut following his midweek move from Brereton Social.

City were soon back on level terms as Paul Dutton volleyed home just two minutes later.

The visitors again regained the lead before Jon Rob Dutton levelled proceedings for a second time just past the half-hour mark.

Chelmsley, undeterred by twice being pegged back, were back in front five minutes later to make it 2-3. However, the game’s major turning point occurred just before the break when Town were reduced to ten men following a reckless challenge on Paul Dutton.

With Dean Gilbert’s half-time team talk still ringing in their ears, City soon made their extra man count. Paul Dutton bagged his second goal of the afternoon – his fifth in just two games – when he raced on to a sublime through ball from Gareth Downie to make it 3-3.

City took the lead for the first-time in the game seconds later when Simon Deeley’s centre was headed home by Jon Rob Dutton immediately after the restart.

Unlike their opponents, City would not their lead slip and James Lawson made it 5-3 with a quarter-of-an-hour to go.

Late goals from Simon Deeley and Jon Rob Dutton, to complete his hat-trick, ensured a 7-3 victory for Dean Gilbert’s Men.

The Lichfield boss said:

“It was an entertaining game for the spectator, if not the manager! We have a superb team spirit but we have to stop conceding silly goals that put us under pressure. I can’t honestly remember the last team to score a good goal against us without us having a hand in it.

“I’m delighted with the goals we are scoring but in order to keep progressing we have to be more disciplined and concentrate for 90 minutes. That said, I’m pleased that we picked up another three points.”

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