Lichfield City 1 Uttoxeter Town 0 - report by Shaun Webbley
Lichfield City responded to Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 to Worcester City by picking up a single goal victory of their own this time against a defensively solid Uttoxeter Town side who were reduced to ten men.
The goal, scored by Cameron Dunn, keeps Lichfield unbeaten in the Midland Premier League.
In what was a very meagre first 45 minutes of football there were only three real moments to shout about and despite Lichfield dominating the possession, chances were few and far between for both sides.
Uttoxeter were reduced to ten men just 14 minutes into the encounter. A booming James Beeson kick landed on the feet of Ethan Muckley, the attacker using his frightening speed got ahead of Evan Richardson and was away.
Richardson pulled back the attacker as Muckley went down under the pressure and was shown a red card as he was the last man approaching the penalty box.
The resulting free-kick taken by Luke Childs was fired kindly into the arms of Jack Tolley in the Uttoxeter goal.
Lichfield struggled to really create any clear-cut chances, passes were very side to side and lacked a lot of incision which Uttoxeter were dealing with easily.
Sam Fitzgerald saw his shot saved by Tolley, Sam Birks took a 40-yard pot shot which was easily held by Beeson and both these efforts perhaps summed up both sides endeavours in the opening 45.
Lichfield did eventually break the frustrating deadlock six minutes into the second half through 18-year-old Cameron Dunn who was once again a shining light in a quiet game.
Scott Goodby from the right floated a ball in towards Luke Keen in the box, and the towering centre-forward headed it down to Dunn – the midfielder controlled and fired it into the corner of the net leaving Tolley no chance.
The game once again swayed back into a lull after the goal.
Uttoxeter started creating chances of their own, James Beeson made a smart save at his near post after a good build-up from but apart from that chances were again hard to come by.
The returning Max Dixon made an impact off the bench when his marauding run down the right and his low cross to Luke Keen led to the striker hitting the outside of the post.
The win keeps Lichfield near the summit, with five wins and one draw from six league games.
*The other league game on Wednesday saw Bilston Town Community Edge out Cradley Town 3-2 in division one.
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