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Cadbury Athletic FC Reserves 2 Lichfield City FC 1

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Lichfield City FC went down to a defeat at Cadbury Athletic FC Reserves and left their manager again frustrated as his side missed a host of chances.

Dean Gilbert described his side’s first 20 minutes as being “like a training game” as City produced prolonged periods of passing play, only to see the cutting edge lacking as they failed to convert possession into goals.

And the frustrated Lichfield manager admits his side need to find their shooting boots. He added:

“Yet again missed chances cost us – we showed we can play football and control a game but we have to start putting points on the board before we start to lose touch with Feckenham. It\s all well and good making 10-12 passes in a move if there’s something to show at the end of it and that’s how frustrating the game was.

“The poor thing about it was the two goals they got were of our own doing. We have to cut out the mistakes and the players have to start taking responsibility for their own actions. We have built a squad here good enough to finish in the top two of a hard league, but right at this minute they ae just not producing the goods.”

Lichfield captain Martin Green gifted the home side a first half opener after trying to run the ball out of defence, before new signing Dean Watkiss equalised on half-time with a great finish.

But any hopes of completing a turnaround were dashed when a tackle by Lewis Bourne on the edge of the 18-yard box saw a penalty given to Cadbury. They made no mistake from the spot-kick to take the three points.

Boss Gilbert admitted he wasn’t best pleased with either of the goals his side conceded. He explained:

“Martin’s my captain and I’ll back him to the hilt, but he cost us in my eyes. He’s an experienced player and I expect better from him – he leads by example and doesn’t need telling about his mistake because it will hurt him all week and he will be the first player looking to make amends next week.

“And for the second goal, from where I was it looked like Lewis produced a great tackle, but the officials saw it different. I respect his decision as it was a big call to make and the resulting penalty was well put away under pressure. We’re just not getting the rub of the green at the moment and the amount of penalties were giving away at the moment is frightening. Last season I think we gave maybe five or six away and already this season we have given five away.”

Lichfield return to action on Saturday (September 25) when they entertain Blackwood.

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