A second half comeback wasn’t enough for Hinckley AFC’s Under 18s as they were beaten at home by Lichfield City, writes Lee Measom.
The game was action packed all the way through, but a poor first half performance from Hinckley cost them.
In the seventh minute, there was a great save from Hinckley goalkeeper Jack Elliot, as a shot was whipped in from the left hand side by Lichfield.
Shortly after, Hinckley went 1-0 down as a poor start cost them. The ball sailed past Elliot to give Lichfield the lead as the visitors started the game very lively.
Then, as Hinckley’s defence struggled to cope with Lichfield’s attack, Elliot couldn’t hold a shot and the ball rolled past him to make it 2-0.
Hinckley fought back and the Lichfield goalkeeper made a great save off the line, before Will Dunlop hit the post from a free-kick in the 43rd minute.
That cost them right on half-time with another goal for Lichfield, as a poor first half by Hinckley cost them as the score line suggests.
After half time it was a different story. Matt Jelfs for Hinckley put a free-kick over the bar, and then Callum Carey pulled Hinckley’s first goal back. Was it possible for a comeback?
The home side were dreaming of one when they scored a second – Dunlop with the strike after a bit of a goal line scramble.
The game had turned quickly but Hinckley couldn’t equalise and Jelfs made a big clearance off the line in the 80th minute to stop a fourth for Lichfield.