Chasetown FC come from behind to beat Lichfield City FC

Tesfa Robinson beats Kyle Minto in the air. Pic: Dave Birt

Tesfa Robinson beats Kyle Minto in the air. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC boss Craig Harris experimented in the first pre-season friendly for the Scholars as they came from behind to beat local rivals Lichfield City FC 3-1.

The starting line-up contained five that would be considered regulars from the end of last season with more of last season’s team introduced as the game progressed.

In humid conditions, the first half saw lots of good possession but very little in front of goal for either side to look likely to take the lead.

An effort from Luke Bottomer straight down the goalkeeper’s throat was the best chance for the visitors

Chasetown did have the ball in the net in the first period but Tesfa Robinson was deemed offside.

Almost immediately at the start of the second half, after several substitutions by both sides, City took the lead after a defensive mix up and Kyle Minto rolled the ball beyond an advancing Jon Bateman.

Tesfa Robinson's header finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt

Tesfa Robinson’s header finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt

Nick Wellecomme forced a corner from which Robinson again found the net, with a header, and this time the goal stood.

Nathan Waite was another half-time introduction and it was he who gave Chasetown the lead with a sweet finish from the corner of the penalty box which left Craig Johnson with no chance.

Mitch MacDonald set up Nick Wellecomme for a very good goal to make it 3-1 as the experience of the Northern Premier Division 1 side took over.

Click below to see Dave Birt’s pictures from the game: