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Second half goals see Lichfield City FC beat Heather St Johns

Lichfield City FC earned an early Christmas present with a 3-0 win over Heather St Johns.

Despite the final score, it was the visitors who had the better of the opening exchanges as the hosts were also forced into an early change when Dan McLeod was forced off with a hamstring problem.

City had a huge let-off when Heather St Johns saw a header cannon off the bar – and it seemed to wake up the home side.

Daniel Griffiths carved out a half-chance after good work from Liam Holt.

But again Heather threatened, Lichfield keeper Ed Kelly forced to save with his legs after a one-on-one chance.

Jordan Evans saw an effort from distance tipped over by Heather keeper Ben Allsop as both sides went into the break level.

Lichfield needed a better second period and they got off to the ideal start when Jordan Hunt took aim from the edge of the box and rifled into the top corner.

City had their tails up after breaking the deadlock and Dan Thurstance was next to test Allsop’s reflexes with a powerful drive.

Holt sent a header wide and Hunt went close to a second as the hosts began to crank up the pressure.

But Holt wouldn’t be denied his goal for long as a free-kick went in off the post to give City a two-goal cushion.

There was still hope for Heather though after Nick Harris saw red and saw Lichfield reduced to ten men.

The numerical disadvantage didn’t count for much though as Griffiths was sent through on goal and made no mistake to give Lichfield a 3-0 lead.

The result leaves City fifth in the Midland Football League Division One going into Christmas, seven points adrift of leaders Leicester Road.

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