Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert was fuming after seeing his Lichfield City FC let a two goal lead slip.

City were two goals to the good against Leamington Hibernian in the Midland Combination Second Division but allowed the hosts back into the game before eventually succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.

Jon Rob Dutton fired a quick-fire brace inside 12 minutes to give City what looked like an unassailable lead but, after missing a host of chances, Hibs were gifted a way back into the game on the stroke of half-time.

The hosts, buoyed by the goal, bagged an equaliser moments later to make it 2-2 at the break.

A woeful second-half performance saw City fail to create any real chance of note as Hibs remained on top throughout and went on to bag the winner to leave City on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline for the second successive Saturday.

To make matters worse, City were reduced to ten men when Rob Burnside was dismissed for persistent dissent towards the match official.

An angry Gilbert said:

“All season I have been quick to praise and defend my players over performances and certain results but we were very poor on Saturday.

“The second half was the worst performance I have ever witnessed from any of my sides. We were outfought, out played and totally deserved to lose the game.

“We showed no passion at all and that was the worst thing for me. I had players out there who may have played their last game for City. They were swanning around bickering and not giving their all for Lichfield.

“The one thing I ask for 90 minutes is they give Lichfield there all for the entire game and on Saturday they didn’t.”