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Lichfield City FC grind out a point at in-form Atherstone Town

Lichfield City FC had to work hard to come away with a share of the spoils at in-form Atherstone Town.

The Adders have been in impressive form but Paul Holt’s men will feel somewhat disappointed that they didn’t return with more than a 0-0 draw.

City gave a debut to new signing Ahmet Bilgimer and started brightly, Leon Morgan seeing his header cleared off the line with his surrounding team mates claiming it was over, but the referee waved the claims away.

Leon Morgan's header tests the Atherstone defence. Pic: Mick Tyler

Leon Morgan’s header tests the Atherstone defence. Pic: Mick Tyler

Atherstone hit back and Ryan Moore in the visiting goal – standing in for the injured Craig Johnston – pulled off a fine point blank save to deny the Adders’ leading goalscorer Lee Smith.

The rest of the first half saw few chances of note as City defended the slope valiantly, skipper Todd Perry catching the eye at his old stomping ground with his calm defending.

Lichfield started the second half with purpose, a Morgan header forcing a fine reaction save from Phil Smith before he went close again after a mazy run resulted in him curling a 20 yard effort agonisingly wide.

The home side were reduced to long range efforts as they struggled to get a foot in the game, a Smith free kick that shaved the post was the closest they came.

City grew stronger and poured forward searching for a win, a Liam Holt 30 yard dipping volley forcing Smith into action while Bilgimer also had the Adders keeper working as he parried a drive onto the post, before the Lichfield debutant again tried his luck with time running out with a volley that flew over.

The home side had a late penalty appeal turned down for handball which would have been harsh on the visitors as Perry cleared.

Lichfield will now turn their attentions to securing a place in a county cup final when they go to Hanley Town in the semi-final on Saturday (March 8).

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