Lichfield City FC back on top of the table after last-gasp winner against Heath Hayes

Lichfield City FC returned to the top of the table after a dramatic victory over local rivals Heath Hayes.

The win gives Dave Langston’s men a one point advantage over Nuneaton Griff – who have played three games more – in the Midland Football League Division One, although Bromsgrove Sporting have two games in hand on City and lie just two points adrift in third.

An even opening period saw Luke Chapman fire over and Dan Thurstance test the keeper before the break.

Heath Hayes were also guilty of spurning some good opportunities, while Chapman continued to pepper the visiting goal as both sides look to make the breakthrough.

But the game eventually sparked to life in the second period after Chris Bull was penalised for a challenge in the box. However, the defender had his goalkeeper to thank for sparing his blushes after the spot kick was saved.

Lichfield were finding themselves under the cosh in the second period as Heath Hayes continued to press.

However, it was City who eventually broke the deadlock when Pawel Smigielski’s cross found Ben Lund who nodded home to give his side the lead.

Heath Hayes managed to hit back though as a punch clear was volleyed home by Charlie Ware with 12 minutes to go.

It looked as though both sides would settle for a point after Hamilton somehow sent an effort over the top from close range.

But there was still time for a final twist in stoppage time as Bull made up for giving away a penalty earlier in the game with a fine volley to snatch all three points.

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