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Second half comeback sees Lichfield City FC keep themselves firmly in the title race

A second half comeback saw Lichfield City FC secure a vital three points in their bid to mount a challenge for the title.

Jamie Hawkins’ men looked to have an easy afternoon in store when Rocester had a player sent off for a high challenge early on.

But they failed to make their numerical advantage count and a bizarre own goal saw Lichfield’s Adam Robinson lift the ball over his own keeper and into the net.

And any dreams of overwhelming the ten men soon appeared to become a nightmare as a long range effort struck a defender and found a way past Adam Jenkins in the Lichfield goal.

City did give themselves a glimmer of hope before the break though as Tom Rankin’s shot was spilled by the keeper and James Taylor tucked home the loose ball.

Taylor and Drew Aiton both gave a signal of intent as Lichfield tested the Rocester keeper early in the second period and they both combined to bag the leveller, with Aiton’s ball finding Taylor who dinked it over the keeper from close range.

The turnaround was complete when Aiton got himself on the scoresheet with a volleyed goal.

Lichfield gave themselves breathing space when Jordan Evans’ run created a chance which Joe Hartshorne tucked away.

There was still time for a fifth Lichfield goal when Dan Griffiths’ shot was palmed away by the Rocester keeper, but Brad Rolston was on hand to net from a tight angle.

The result sees Lichfield stay second in the Midland Football League Division One, five points behind leaders Heather St Johns who won 4-2 at Coventry Copsewood.

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