Two goals from Liam Holt were enough to secure victory for Lichfield City FC at local rivals Bolehall Swifts.
Dave Langston’s men struggled to find their feet in the early exchanges, with the hosts seeing an early header sneak wide of Amrick Virdee’s goal.
Bolehall were looking dangerous from set plays and it was a free-kick sent into the box which saw them take the lead as Joe Obi nodded home with 30 minutes on the clock.
City almost pulled level before the break when Dan Baxter’s header was cleared off the line.
Langston rang the changes at half time and it seemed to have the desired effect as Lichfield came out renewed for the second half.
Lewis Bourne’s free-kick forced the Swifts keeper into a save.
The home side were still a threat though and former Lichfield striker Dave Yonwin saw his effort kept out by Virdee.
City’s chances were boosted when Bolehall were reduced to ten men after seeing a player pick up a second yellow.
Holt saw an overhead kick go wide before he earned a penalty for his side after being sent tumbling in the box. The midfielder dusted himself down to equalise from 12 yards.
It looked as though Lichfield would have to settle for the point until Matthew Tolley’s delivery was headed home by Holt at the far post.
The midfielder almost bagged a hat-trick when his long distance free-kick slipped just over the bar in the dying moments.