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Form book torn up as Lichfield City FC end Southam United run

Lichfield City FC put in their best performance of the season to upset the odds at in-form Southam.

The home side had high hopes of closing the gap on leaders Brocton after four successive victories, but Paul Holt’s men had other ideas.

Two wonder strikes from midfielder Liam Holt and a deserved goal for the hard-working Kyle Minto stretched Lichfield’s own unbeaten run to five games.

Liam Holt fires home a free kick. Pic: Mick Tyler

Liam Holt fires home a free kick. Pic: Mick Tyler

City started the game well a surging run by Holt was crudely ended by Joss Holford. The Lichfield man gave warning of what was to come as he dusted himself down to fire the resulting free kick narrowly wide.

Holt linked up well with Richard Deavall before Holford once again resorted to illegal means to break up the play. This time Holt sized up the situation perfectly to curl the dead ball into the top corner

Southam had a rare chance when Brad Rees went close on the stroke of half time, but his angled drive failed to trouble Craig Johnson.

The home side had their first spell of sustained pressure at the start of the second half but found Jonathon Huckfield and Todd Perry in commanding form at the heart of City’s defence.

Lichfield weathered the storm and gradually started to take control of the game once again and on 68 minutes doubled their lead. A fine twisting run by Ashley Evans was ended 25 yards from goal, allowing Holt the chance to smash in his second set piece of the game as keeper Andrew Skerratt scrambled across his goal in vain.

The visitors made the game safe five minutes later as Minto found the bottom corner after Skerratt’s punched clearance fell to him.

Lichfield continued to dominate and Holt was denied a hat trick as first Skerratt did well to keep out his shot, before he saw his header from a Leon Morgan cross agonisingly fall the wrong side of the post.

The result sees City climb to eighth in the table.

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