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Lichfield City forced to battle it out to earn a 1-1 draw at Pershore

Lichfield City were made to work hard for a 1-1 draw in their 120-mile round trip to Pershore.

Paul Holt’s men could easily have returned empty handed were it not for a man of the match display by keeper Craig Johnson.

Jacob Snape puts the Pershore keeper under pressure

Jacob Snape puts the Pershore keeper under pressure

Things started well enough for City as they took a fourth minute lead. Leon Morgan charged down an attempted clearance and the ball fell kindly to Jacob Snape who slotted an effort under keeper Matt Oliver.

The home side responded well with former Kidderminster Harriers striker Richard Congreve a constant aerial threat and Sean Cook looking lively on the flank.

The visitors had Keeper Johnson to thank for keeping their lead intact when he came flying out to smother a Congreve chance before reacting smartly to keep a Cook shot out.

Lichfield were struggling to get a foothold in the game as the home side’s physical and direct approach seemed to unsettle them, a long throw in from full back Ben Hayes was a constant menace to City’s central pairing of Sam Geffen and Todd Perry. It was from a direct throw that Congreve was guilty of a glaring miss to leave the visitors fortunate to head into the break a goal up.

The second half started disastrously for City when Cook waltzed through the Lichfield defence before cooly rounding keeper Johnson to give the hosts a deserved equaliser on 47 minutes.

But Johnson prevented a quickfire double when he reacted smartly to deny Congreve.

The introduction of Ashley Bennett and Dan Thurstance on the hour gave Lichfield a lift, Bennett forcing a penalty shout that was turned down by the referee.

City were having their best spell of the game in the final 20 minutes, Kyle Minto twice had opportunities but failed to get his shot away.

Lichfield were looking the more likely side to score next, skipper Danny Worrall having another penalty shout turned down with the last kick of the game when the ball appeared to strike a defender on the arm.

Meanwhile, City’s reserves were in action in the Staffs Cup, a Matty Clay hat-trick ensured they progressed as they best Abbey Hulton’s second string 3-0.

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