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Lichfield City FC 5 Greenhill FC 0

Lichfield City FC manager Dean Gilbert was pleased to see business as usual as his side returned to winning ways.

On the back of a cup defeat by Burntwood, the City boss saw his side run out rampant winners against Greenhill with a double from Jon-Rob Dutton and a hat-trick courtesy of James Lawson.

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

And for Gilbert – who has added former Brereton Social and Stafford Town boss Frank McLeod to his back-room setup – the performance was back to somethine nearer what he expects.

“We went to Burntwood as the underdogs and on the day they went through but it was a case of two very poor sides performing on the day. Neither side deserved to win the game.

“But the thing is we allowed a very poor burntwood side to score four poor goals while we had the chances to score six or seven – and if were to get anywhere this season then we have to put sides like that to bed.

“Saturday’s game against Greenhill was a lot better. Even though we had four players missing we looked strong. Iur football was good and we looked like the side we had developed during pre-season.”

And the performance alongside his side’s efforts in pre-season have led Gilbert to believe his side can improve on last season after they narrowly missed out on promotion.

He explained:

“The inclusion of Will Evans back at left back has given us more stability in the back four and new captain Martin Green leads the lads superbly.

“We have been concentrating hard on playing fast flowing passing football and it was good to see the lads put that into play on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to this season after missing out on promotion by one point last year. We believe we have the right blend of experience and youth able to take Lichfield City forward. We have signed another top striker in Dan Hodgkins from Henley Forest along with ex-Hednesford Town defender Daniel Mcleod.”

Gilbert’s confidence in his side will be tested on as they entertain Perrywood and Bromsgrove over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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