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City Sink Sad Saints

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2013 09:35am
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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This was not a match to set the pulses racing, but Lichfield City made the most of their chances to run out easy winners 3-0 winners over Southam United.

Saints had an early opportunity when a long ball from Marc Passey caught out City skipper Todd Perry and keeper Craig Johnson had to be quick off his line to thwart Simeon Smith. Johnson was played into trouble from a poor back pass by Dan Rock, but dribbled the ball away from danger before any Saints player could take advantage.

Liam Holt put a free kick wide after being fouled by Joss Holford, but made no mistake with a second effort in the 22nd minute, sending the ball into the top far corner beyond Andrew Skerratt.

Brad Rees went closest to scoring for Saints on the stroke of half-time, grazing the angle of bar and post, but the home side looked well out of sorts.

Manager Lee Knibbs looked to add some spark to the attack, introducing Robbie Stephens for Aaron Donaldson as the second half got underway. Saints began to look sharper with Simon Hicks testing Johnson with a good header from a Tom Muldoon cross and Holford putting an effort over the bar.

But, it was City who scored again, with Holt on the mark from another free kick in the 68th and they added a third when Skerratt could only punch a free kick clear and the ball landed at the feet of Kyle Minto who slotted into the corner.

It could easily have been four, but Skerratt made a good stop and Jon Huckfield headed over from in front of goal and the final whistle went to save Saints from more punishment.

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