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Lichfield City let lead slip as they settle for 2-2 draw with Blackwood

Lichfield City missed out on the chance of bouncing back from two defeats on the run after blowing a two-goal half-time lead and being forced to settle for a draw at old rivals Blackwood.

The visitors made a lively start and fine work between Ryan Baker and Jacob Snape saw the former cross for an unmarked Liam Holt to tap in at the far post to open the scoring after six minutes.

Holt nearly made it 2-0 five minutes later as he pounced on a weak back pass from Karl Fellows, but could only lift the ball over the home keeper and onto the crossbar.

City were dealt a blow when Holt limped off with a hamstring injury on 20 minutes to add to the ever growing injury list. It was the third match in a row that Lichfield had to make an early change and – as in previous games – they struggled to adapt.

The home side started to put City under pressure but against the run of play the visitors broke and former Blackwood man Snape finished superbly to double his side’s advantage at the break.

Blackwood started the second period strongly and soon pulled a goal back when a corner resulted in an unmarked Tom Cleaver heading home to reduce the deficit.

Lichfield had a glorious chance to stretch their lead straight from the kick off when Snape went clean through, but fired straight at the keeper before Lawson fired tamely to see his effort easily cleared off the line.

This miss came back to haunt City as Blackwood equalised after some woeful defending left Lee Thorpe with the simplest of finishes from six yards.

The game really opened up as both sides went for the winner, Lawson going the closest as his well-struck shot from 15 yards skimmed the post and a powerful header was straight at keeper Jordan Ellis.

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