Lichfield City FC secured a point in their bid to close the gap on league leaders Leicester Road after coming up against a stubborn Studley side.

Jay Hawkins’ men started brightly with a Tom Brown strike saved early on by the visiting keeper.

Studley then flashed efforts over the top as both sides battled to gain the upper hand.

Max Black and Keinan Palmer were both off target for Lichfield before Jordan Evans came closest to breaking the deadlock with a strike that went narrowly wide.

The breakthrough eventually came when Evans’ delivery from the left was hammered home by Palmer.

The City man was denied a second before the break when his shot was well saved.

Lichfield failed to make corners early in the second half pay as they went in search of another goal.

But keeper Adam Jenkins had to be alert to prevent Studley from finding a leveller as he clawed a strike away low to his left before springing up to block the rebound.

His heroics could not prevent the visitors from equalising though as a long ball over the top allowed Dale Edwards to rifle past Jenkins.

The turnaround was almost complete shortly afterwards when Lichfield were relieved to see a Studley effort cannon off the post.

Palmer and Brown both sent efforts off target in the latter stages as both sides were forced to share the spoils.

The result leaves second-placed City seven points adrift of Leicester Road in the Midland Football League Division One with a game in hand.

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