Lichfield City FC manager desperate for return to action

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert is keeping everything crossed that his Lichfield City FC side finally get back to playing matches this weekend after five consecutive postponements.

After seeing four games called off due to frozen pitches, last week’s thaw saw City’s Staffordshire FA Challenge Cup against Newcastle Town called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

This weekend, City are due to host league leaders Kenilworth Town in the Midland Combination Second Division and Gilbert is hoping to avenge the 4-2 defeat they suffered back in November.

He said:

“Kenilworth are a well drilled side. Last time we met, back in November, they beat us 4-2 but we put in a good performance and, on another day, a few more decisions would have gone for us and we’d have got something out of the game.

“We have some positive and slightly negative news on the player front ahead of the game though. We’ve served a seven-day notice on a player from the top division, who contacted me about joining the club. It’s a positive sign and hopefully we’ll tie something up shortly.

“We do have a slight worry of keeper, Dan Edwards, who has a shoulder injury but I‘m hoping to draft in a replacement in time for the weekend. Let’s just hope we finally play a game!”