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Second half drama sees Lichfield City share the spoils with Stafford Town

A last gasp equaliser for Stafford Town denied Lichfield City a well deserved three points.

Paul Holt made three changes to the side which lost at Southam last time out, handing full debuts to new signings Richard Deavall and Jonathan Huckfield, while 17-year-old Ashley Evans was promoted after a string of fine performances for the youth side.

Liam Holt holds up the ball for Lichfield City

Liam Holt holds up the ball for Lichfield City

Evans came close to a dream debut as he fired just wide in the opening stages, as did Lee Ashmore as Lichfield dominated the early exchanges.

It was a surprise that City failed to break the deadlock until the 35th minute as a quickly-taken free-kick released Ashley Bennett. He played in Liam Holt who continued his rich vein of goalscoring form to cut inside and smash a left-foot effort into the back of the net.

But Stafford stunned their hosts as they scored from their first attack after former Chasetown striker Paul McMahon levelled the scores.

The goal seemed to inspire the visitors in the early stages of the second half and Lichfield were lucky to avoid going behind after 55 minutes when McMahon was brought down by keeper Craig Johnson. But the Lichfield stopper had his post to thank for sparing his blushes as Matt Dockerty’s penalty struck the upright.

But City’s luck didn’t hold much longer as John Kirby fired home after a goalmouth scramble to give Stafford the lead just ten minutes later.

Holt’s appointment at Lichfield seems to have revived their fighting spirit, however, and it was son Liam who doubled his tally with a curling 25-yard free-kick to pull City level with just eight minutes left on the clock.

It looked as though Lichfield would be celebrating a dramatic three points when Leon Morgan slotted home with barely a minute left on the clock, but Stafford secured the draw in stoppage time as McMahon poked home the equaliser.

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