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Lichfield City FC come out on top in seven-goal thriller against Stapenhill

Supporters got another dose of goals as Lichfield City FC beat Stapenhill 4-3 at home.

The visitors got off to a dream start with Jack Humphreys finding the net with just three minutes on the clock.

City keeper Adam Jenkins produced a smart save to prevent his side falling further behind, before Lichfield got their route back into the game ten minutes later when Kyle Patterson was sent tumbling in the area. James Taylor stepped up to convert the spot kick and bring the scores level.

Dan Griffiths fluffed a good chance from close range as the hosts began to find their feet, while Patterson sent a volley wide of the target.

A second goal looked on the cards for Lichfield and it duly arrived when Luke Childs skipped past three challenges and found Griffiths who made up for his earlier miss with a clinical finish.

Patterson’s free-kick was turned over the bar as City went in search of a third, but the game’s fourth goal went to Stapenhill as Humphreys doubled his tally with an equaliser nine minutes before the break.

An open game continued after the turnaround, with Griffiths seeing a shot blocked on the line while at the other end Jenkins produced a neat save to push a shot around his post.

Stapenhill regained the lead on 55 minutes when Ashley Garner headed home after being left unmarked in the box.

City boss Jay Hawkins’ looked to his bench for a route back into the game and duly found it as Dan Sheppard found the top corner of the net from long range.

The rollercoaster encounter continued as Lichfield went in front when Griffiths again found his shooting boots with a finish beyond the visiting keeper.

Still Stapenhill fought back with only a Luke Wright block preventing them from finding another leveller.

City were not looking to sit back and defend their advantage though, with Taylor and Wright both forcing saves from the visiting stopper, while Childs also rattled the bar.

But neither side were able to find the game’s eighth goal and it was Lichfield who took the full quota of points to become one of four sides tied at the top of the Midland Football League Division One.

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