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Lichfield City FC sunk by late Cadbury Athletic strike

Lichfield City FC failed to find a way past Cadbury Athletic as they went down 2-1 in the Midland Football League Division One.

A lively opening saw Dave Langston’s men have the better of the chances, with Jonathan Ashfall sending an effort straight at the keeper while Josh Haston narrowly failed to get a touch on an effort after Oliver Haywood had seen his strike blocked.

Cadbury had a couple of efforts from distance, but it was City who looked the more likely to break the deadlock as Haston sprung the offside trap, but saw his shot turned onto the post.

But the home side signalled their intent with a neat move resulting in a good save by Lichfield keeper Amrick Virdee.

With the game finely poised at the break, City kept up the pressure at the start of the second period with a Dan Thurstance drive kept out smartly.

Lichfield were made to rue their missed chances though as Virdee lost out in a race for the ball allowing the Cadbury right winger to tap home.

But the visitors hit back when Pawel Smigielski’s shot was blocked and Haston touched home the rebound.

The game was on a knife-edge going into the latter stages, but it was Cadbury who had the lion’s share of the possession – and they made it count as Virdee was beaten by a well struck finish.

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