Striker Tony Clarke goes from hero to villain as late penalty miss forces Lichfield City FC to settle for a point

Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke went from hero to villain for Lichfield City FC after missing a penalty as his side were forced to settle for a draw against Littleton.

Gary Birch’s men failed to keep pace with the sides at the summit of the Midland Football League Division One after letting a two-goal lead slip.

Things started perfectly for City as Gavin Hurren put them a goal in front with just nine minutes on the clock.

Clarke was denied by a good save before going one better on 12 minutes after neat interplay with strike partner Dave Yonwin.

Lichfield appeared to be cruising with Yonwin going close to adding a third.

But while Littleton were struggling to get possession, they showed their own ruthless streak by pulling a goal back with their first attack after 16 minutes.

City had further chance to re-establish their two goal cushion but were unable to do so before the break.

Tom Evans was first to test the Littleton keeper as the second half started with Lichfield on top once more.

Clarke was next to be frustrated by the visiting stopper.

But once again, Lichfield were forced to pay for failing to make their chances count as Littleton found a leveller.

It looked as though City had played their get out of jail free card late on as they were awarded a penalty. Clarke stepped up hoping to add his second of the game, but saw his effort from 12 yards strike the upright.

Lichfield return to action on Tuesday (February 23) when they travel to Coventry Copsewood.

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