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New boys on target as Lichfield City FC boss picks up victory in his first game

Lichfield City FC’s new boss got off to a winning start in a 3-2 triumph at high-flying Studley.

Jamie Hawkins took on the role earlier this week and was quick to shuffle the pack, with academy graduate Jordon Lewis given a first start with debutant keeper Adam Jenkins taking over the number one shirt.

But any honeymoon period would prove to be short-lived as the home side struck first.

Lichfield were soon back on even terms though with Lewis netting his first senior goal with neat footwork creating an opening for him to fire home from ten yards out.

The youngster then turned provider to flip the game on its head as he weighted a through ball perfectly for Alex Keating to slide past the Studley keeper.

And Keating could have had a second shortly afterwards, but scuffed his effort.

Studley were still posing a threat of their own though and Jenkins had to be alert to keep City in front.

But the leveller came when a clumsy challenge inside the area saw the hosts awarded a penalty and they made no mistake from 12 yards.

An end-to-end encounter saw Lichfield go back on the front foot with Lewis firing over, before Jenkins did well to keep out a close range effort before the break.

Studley started the brighter in the second half and forced City to clear off the line to keep the scores level.

Jenkins then had to be alert to push away an effort from 18 yards out before correcting his own handling error from a corner.

Debutant Chris Hanna came off the bench as Hawkins rang the changes with Studley looking the more positive of the two sides – and the hosts should have been in front when a one-on-one chance was sent wide of the target.

It would prove to be a costly miss for the home side as Hanna drilled home late on to mark his first appearance with a goal and secure three points for the new boss.

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