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Lichfield City FC complete the double over Bromsgrove Sporting

Action from Lichfield City v Bromsgrove Sporting

Action from Lichfield City v Bromsgrove Sporting

Lichfield City made it back to back wins over title hopefuls Bromsgrove to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games on a bitterly cold day at Brownsfield Park.

Sporting – still smarting from lasts week’s cup defeat – started brightly, the tricky Elliott Nash firing narrowly wide and also seeing his 15 yard drive turned onto the post by keeper Craig Johnson.

Lichfield were struggling to get a foothold in the game as their usual work rate in midfield was lacking fire.

There was a brief respite when Jacob Snape burst through, only to see visiting keeper Tom Savage come smartly off his line to smother any hopes he had of opening the scoring.

The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock on 39 minutes when Joe Rodgers rounded keeper Johnson only to see his shot from an acute angle superbly headed over the bar by skipper Todd Perry.

As half time was approaching it was City who took the lead against the run of play when striker Kyle Minto was crudely brought down just outside the area. The resulting free kick was only partially cleared and as the ball looped up into the path of Fabian Facey he smashed it back across keeper Savage into the top corner.

The second half was a different story as Lichfield, buoyed by their half time lead, took the game to the visitors. A Lewis Bourne effort flew over the bar from 25 yards and a Danny Thurstance curler went narrowly wide.

The fire returned in the belly of City’s midfield and the tiresome duet of Minto and Snape up front were pulling Sporting’s defence apart. Another Minto surge into the last third resulted in Matt Ross receiving a second yellow when he upended the Lichfield man on the edge of the area.

The resulting free kick was headed home by Snape for his ninth goal of the season and third against Bromsgrove in two games.

Lichfield seemed hungry for more as the wind was knocked out of Sporting’s sails by that second goal, Minto having his shot blocked by the legs of Savage when he again outmuscled the visiting defence. Then Jonathon Huckfield fired over with the goal at his mercy.

City comfortably played out the remainder of the match to earn the spoils and move within five points of fourth place.

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