Lichfield City’s perfect start to the league season was dented when they were forced to settle for a point against Stafford Rangers.
After a quiet opening, Dave Langston’s men had the first real chance of the game when Ben Lund poked an effort just wide.
Keeper Amrick Virdee was then forced into action to turn a long range effort over the Lichfield bar.
Both sides enjoyed a number of half chances but failed to muster a decisive blow before the break.
Josh Haston found the side netting with City’s first chance of the second half, before Lichfield finally made the breakthrough when Craig Marshall’s free kick was fumbled into the path of Lund who tucked the ball home.
But the lead was short-lived as Stafford netted from free kick routine.
Lewis Bourne’s almost restored City’s lead when his corner bounced off the woodwork.
Craig Hulme fired wide as Lichfield desperately went in search of a winner, while Dan Baxter saw his effort cannon off the post.
But the breakthrough wasn’t to come as both sides shared the spoils, leaving City to hope for more from their Bank Holiday Monday trip to Uttoxeter.