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Lichfield City FC 1 Hampton FC 0

Lichfield City FC moved into second place in the Midland Combination Second Division table thanks to a deserved victory over Hampton.

Danny Worrall. Pic: Kevin Grice

Danny Worrall. Pic: Kevin Grice

Skipper Danny Worrall bagged the only goal of the game to ensure maximum points for Dean Gilbert’s men.

Sean O’Callaghan made his first start since moving from Pelsall Villa recently but Gilbert had to shuffle his pack early doors as fellow new-boy, Adam Eccles, picked up a groin strain after just six minutes.

That early change gave Hampton the impetus and they almost opened the scoring when their centre forward lifted the ball over out-rushing City stopper, Dan Edwards. The ball looked destined to hit the back of the net but City defender, Will Evans, somehow got back to clear the danger.

The home side began to settle down and, although chances were at a premium for both sides, it was end-to-end stuff for the remainder of the first-half.

O’Callaghan was enjoying a lively debut and it was his wing wizardry that lead to Worrall bagging the only goal of the game just past the hour mark. He skipped past his marker before finding Worrall with a pin-point centre and the captain made no mistake as he rifled home an 18-yard volley.

Hampton pressed forward in search of an equaliser but City stood strong to inflict only the visitor’s second defeat of the season.

Gilbert said after the game:

“We have nine games left and a possible 27 points up-for-grabs. We’re up to second place now and, although we are 17 points behind leaders Kenilworth, we do have three games in hand. We’ve picked up three wins inside a week and confidence is high.”

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