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Lichfield City’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a 3-0 away win at Northwich Victoria

Lichfield City’s unbeaten start to the season continues as a 3-0 away win against Northwich Victoria means City have taken 7 points from a possible 9. 

It’s now two wins and a draw from three league games for Ivor Green’s men.

Goals from Dan Smith, Jack Edwards and Liam Kirton means their good start to the season continues.

Lichfield looked a bit ragged early on as Ivor Green’s men made changes from their 3-1 FA Vase win on Saturday.

The JW Hunt Cup holders grew into the game as the half went on. A lovely through ball from Luke Childs, who was deployed as a centre midfielder in Green’s new formation, found Edwards, the forward had to get his shot off quickly, but Russell Saunders was equal to it in the Northwich goal.

Lichfield did eventually take the lead with 38 minutes on the clock. A marauding run from Joe Haines was uncontested, the left-back’s shot was parried by Saunders but there was Smith to tap home, a real striker’s finish.

Green’s men continued to create chances in the second half but couldn’t quite convert their chances. A Kirton shot was saved by Saunders but eventually the pressure from the visitors told.

Another superb run by Lewi Burnside, who was terrific down the right-hand side, led to the ball being pulled back to Edwards and he struck it hard and true into the bottom corner.

The home side, new to the Midland Premier Division, struggled to get into the game in the second half as the quality of Green’s men told as the half went on.

Smith could have made it three midway through the second half, but his header from a Joe Haines corner dropped just wide of the far post.

Edwards should have added to his tally, after brilliant work from Smith to rob the defenders of the ball, Edwards was in, after rounding the goalkeeper all he had to do was tap it into an empty net, but he put it over the bar.

The third arrived with 15 minutes to play. After a superb Haines clearance off the line stopped the host’s comeback, the ball was cleared up the other end, Edwards had a two-on-one, he slipped in Kirton, and the striker eventually finished and put the game beyond doubt.

Report courtesy of Shaun Webbley

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