Ten men make Lichfield City FC pay the price for defensive woes

A defensive horror show saw Lichfield City FC throw away a lead and all three points against the ten men of Nuneaton Griff.

Simon Bell’s men looked like keeping their unbeaten start to the season going after a dull first half ended goal-less with neither keeper being seriously tested.

Action from Lichfield City FC v Nuneaton Griff. Pic: Mick Tyler

Action from Lichfield City FC v Nuneaton Griff. Pic: Mick Tyler

But the game came to life in the second half after Nuneaton took the lead when Connor Faulconbridge drove past the keeper after escaping the City backline.

The setback seemed to spur Lichfield into life and they got their chance to level when Ahmet Bilgimer was sent tumbling in the area. But Richard Deavall saw his spot kick palmed away by the keeper.

From the resulting corner, City got another chance from 12 yards when Ryan Aston blocked a goalbound shot on the line. The referee showed the Griff man a red card and this time Dan McLeod stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Against the ten men Lichfield looked like going on to claim the spoils, particularly when McLeod outmuscled a defender to slot home and give his side the lead with 20 minutes left.

But after going in front Lichfield pressed the self-destruct button. A ball into the area saw Jon Huckfield put the ball into his own neet, before link-up play by Aden Moore and Jake Brown saw the latter give the ten-men of Nuneaton the lead.

And Lichfield’s second half woes were complete when Griff were awarded their own penalty after a clumsy challenge in the area. Brown stepped up to net his second and secure his side the points.

City will need to bounce back quickly as Alvis Sporting Club visit Brownsfield Park on Bank Holiday Monday, kick-off 3pm.

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