Second half double sees Lichfield City FC lose out to rivals Leicester Road

Lichfield City FC missed out on the chance to close the gap on the leaders after going down 2-0 to Leicester Road.

With front-runners Coventry United drawing and Bromsgrove Sporting losing, City – who started the day fourth – could have narrowed the gap to the chasing pack.

But third placed Leicester Road proved a tough nut to crack.

Things started brightly, with full back Dexter Ravenhill going close with an effort from distance.

Striker Tony Clarke went even closer with a header as Lichfield bossed the early exchanges.

But while neither side could find the breakthrough in the opening 45, Leicester Road gave a glimpse of the danger they posed after seeing a second half effort come back off the bar.

Both teams were pushing for a decisive strike as the second period wore on and it was the hosts who eventually got it. A scramble in the box saw the ball reach Luke Kingsley Smith who fired home.

Any hopes of a late rally from Lichfield were dashed when James Hicks was sent tumbling in the box. Jake Holt stepped up to net the penalty and send City home empty handed.

Gary Birch’s men face a trip to another of the Midland Football League Division One high-fliers when they visit second placed Bromsgrove Sporting on Tuesday (February 16).

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