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Lichfield City FC suffered their third straight defeat after being beaten by Cadbury Athletic. Dave Langston’s men now find themselves in sixth place and nine points adrift of Midland Football League Division One leaders Leicester Road. City included three debutants – Dale Faultless, Nathan Stone and Jack Jones – in their starting line-up in a bid to kickstart their season. Keeper Faultless showed his worth in the opening stages, producing a good save to ensure the scores remained level. Liam Holt then curled a free-kick over the top as Lichfield began to flex their forward muscles. An even opening period saw both sides carve out chances, with a Cadbury free-kick finding the side netting. Faultless produced another good save to ensure City went into the break level. An end-to-end start to the second period saw Luke Chapman’s effort save, before Cadbury fired wide after a quick break. A second half flashpoint saw City’s boss sent from the dugout after a disagreement over some of the refereeing decisions – and from his new vantage point he saw his side fall behind after a rebound was tucked home. Lichfield went in search of a leveller, Griffiths firing over from a corner and Nick Harris’ shot being blocked. Chapman went closest to pulling City back on level terms as his strike was turned onto the post before being scrambled clear. Faultless was forced into another good save as Cadbury looked to cement their lead, before Hunt’s cross was tipped over at the other end. The next goal was going to be crucial – and unfortunately for Lichfield it went to Cadbury. A counter-attack created a one-on-one for former City striker Odane Barnes and he made no mistake to secure the three points for his side.

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