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Smith Gets a Hat Trick as Lichfield Put Five Past Wulfrunians

Three changes to the starting lineup, Ivor Green looked to refresh his frontline by giving Louis Baker his first start in a Lichfield shirt.

Jamie Elkes and Lichfield legend Joe Haines also made their return at the heart of the City backline.


The visitors went into the game sixth in the Midlands Football League Premier Division table, just a point outside the playoff places and looked to reignite their promotion hopes following their 3-0 defeat away at Stourport last weekend.


Wulfrunians had a chance early on, but their centre-forward was deemed offside.


Joe Haines was then forced to defend his position at centre back, while Luke Childs continued to prove his worth on the left side of Ivor Green’s back four.


Lichfield’s opener looked as if it came straight from the training ground. It was Smith who earned his side the lead, when he capitalised on Francis’ cross from the right and nodded the ball past the Wulfrunians keeper.

Edwards’ powerful strike from the left side of the area was then pushed away by a stretching Jack Richards before Smith headed wide from a corner.


Wulfrunians brought the score line level after 28 minutes, as Barker made a darting run into the box and slotted the ball past Beeson.


Liam Kirton came close to making it 2-1 but failed to squeeze the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. His effort was followed by Edwards, who’s shot whistled past the top right-hand corner.


A Wulfrunians break down the left was gathered by Beeson, before Lichfield hit back on the counter and won a free kick on the edge of the box, as Kirton was dragged to the ground by a red shirt. Lomas stepped up to take the kick, but his shot was hit too close to the keeper.


The referee blew his whistle for half-time, with scoreline remaining 1-1 at the break.


It did not take long for Lichfield to go back ahead, as “Wonder’s” predatory instincts came in handy. Smith bagged his second from a yard out after Richards spilled the ball directly in front of him.


2-1 up, Lichfield looked confident and continued to probe the visitor’s goal. Smith came close yet again, but his effort trickled wide, before Edwards struck another effort just past the post.


A Wulfrunians defender was carded for his sinical challenge on Smith and gave Lichfield another free kick. The ball in was half-cleared to Childs, who whipped in a dangerous ball, but Kirton could not capitalise.


Beeson made another big save for his side with 15 to go, before Smith sealed his hat-trick. Richards could only parry away Cameron Dunn’s shot from distance, which fell the feet of Wonder, who placed his shot through the keeper's legs from a tight angle.

City then scored again to make it 4-1. Childs received a low-hit corner on the edge of the box, turned, then smashed his shot past the keeper.  


The games only dampener came right at the end, as the hat-trick hero received a baffling red card, much to the amazement of all in attendance.


Lichfield, however, were able to score a fifth despite being a man down. After an industrious performance all game, Kirton netted a well-deserved fifth goal for his side to wrap up all three points.

The results of today’s game means that Lichfield City have maintained their one-point gap from Studley,

 

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