Earls are disappointed to miss out at Lichfield

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 07 January 2013 Updated: 08/01 14:10

Lichfield City 3 Earlswood Town 2

Midland Combination Premier Division

EARLS left in-form Lichfield disappointed not to have something to show for their efforts on Saturday.

The visitors led on two separate occasions but were ultimately to be frustrated as the hosts netted three times in the second half to emerge triumphant and claim their ninth league success of the season.

Lichfield, who are now unbeaten in nine league outings, were first to attack and went close through Jacob Snape, only to see Richard Taylor push his shot behind for a corner.

Two minutes later Earls' Dale Edwards did well to work his way through Lichfield's defence but his final shot went wide of the target.

With play moving from end to end, Reece Hewitt set up Josh McGinley to fire wide before Nicky Briggs, who has returned to Earlswood after a spell with Feckenham, was causing havoc with his runs down the right and it was his cross which Sam Wills headed home to give Earls the lead after 15 minutes.

Wills went agonisingly close to adding a second ten minutes later but his shot was headed off the line with keeper Craig Johnson well beaten and although Lichfield threatened on the break, it was Earls who led going into the break.

Hewitt headed straight at the keeper at the start of the second half whilst five minutes in the hosts thought they should have been awarded a penalty but the referee felt otherwise.

He did award them a corner from the same incident however, and that proved enough for them to make it 1-1 as Sam Geffen turned the ball home.

Earls regained the lead in the 59th minute though when, from a short corner, Hewitt fired the ball low into the corner of the net from well outside the box.

Wells headed wide from another corner five minutes later and it proved to be a costly miss as Geffen made it 2-2 in the 68th minute to set up a frenetic finish.

Then, much to the delight of the home crowd, substitute James Lawson put the hosts ahead for the first time in the contest with what proved to be the final goal of the afternoon.

THE DEFEAT came on the back of a 2-0 reverse at Dudley Town in the second round of the Birmingham Floodlit Cup on Wednesday night.

It took Earls a while to get going after suffering a number of postponements in recent weeks and goalkeeper Richard Taylor was certainly the busier of the two stoppers early on.

Charisma Agbonlahor just cleared the bar in the 26th minute when attempting to chip the keeper whilst but it was Dudley who got themselves in front in the 34th minute when Geoff Hill's low shot found its way through a crowded box and into the net.

O'Malley denied Agbonlahor at the start of the second half whilst Dale Edwards was proving a constant threat as Earls fought for a way to draw level.

Dudley hit back though and a long range lob hit the top of Earls' bar before Hill's second of the game in the 75th minute gave them breathing space.

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