Lichfield City FC remain in the title hunt after triumph against Stafford Town

Lichfield City FC ended 2015 by keeping themselves firmly in the title hunt.

Gary Birch’s men picked up a 3-1 win over Stafford Town to leave themselves fourth in the Midland Football League Division One, seven points adrift of leaders Coventry United.

But they were forced to work hard for the points against their Staffordshire rivals.

Things looked to be going well when Dave Yonwin opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour on the clock.

City then had a penalty appeal turned away before Stafford pulled level on 22 minutes through Spencer Gunnell.

The goal kickstarted the visitors and they again went close as Lichfield’s run of good form was tested.

Yonwin went close to a second as City attempted to muster a response to the leveller.

But it was the familiar name of Tony Clarke on the scoresheet when the lead was finally restored, the striker beating two defenders before rifling home from eight yards out.

Clarke was on target again early in the second half to make it 3-1 to Lichfield.

Stafford weren’t done though and they rattled the woodwork on 52 minutes.

Clarke spurned a good chance for his hat-trick as Lichfield began to take control of the latter stages to see out the game.

Another local derby is next up for City as they travel to struggling Bolehall Swifts on January 2.

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