Paget Rangers 3-3 Lichfield City
A dramatic five minutes saw two goals from Paget Rangers to rescue a point in the MFL Division One fixture vs Lichfield City.
Paget Rangers came back from two goals down with 10 men to draw 3-3 at home to Lichfield City.
For such a dramatic affair the game started fairly slowly with the away side having the most of what few chances there were. Despite efforts from Dean Morris and Billy Fagg it was Lichfield who scored first.
Jordan Hunt sent a low cross into the path of Tom Green, and the Lichfield striker directed the ball into the back of the net with a powerful shot after 23 minutes.
You could argue Paget didn’t necessarily deserve to go 1-0 down, but after the goal the Bears didn’t respond well enough and City continued to put pressure on the home side.
Lichfield were rewarded eight minutes after their opener when Dan Griffiths found himself through on goal and sent a powerful shot into the corner giving Lichfield a two goal lead.
This time and with half time just over 10 minutes away the Wee Gers’ responded much better, great passing play involving Liam Norris, Mark Williams, Fagg and Morris was halted by the City defence, and the ball was sent up in the fortunately for Paget Keegan Wooley was able to poke the ball into the path of Daniel Carter who volleyed the ball past the Lichfield goalkeeper to reduce the deficit to one.
Both sides had chances to find the net before the break, but the score remained 2-1 in Lichfield’s favour.
The visitors came out strong and appeared determined to hold onto their lead, and they were given a boost to their cause when Fagg received two yellow cards 13 minutes into the second half.
A man down the Bears were now vulnerable prey to the visitors, who finally put away their third of the night when Griffiths converted a low cross, with less than 20 minutes left on the clock.
Again the Bears responded almost immediately when substitute Kurt White curled the ball perfectly into the top of the corner.
The spectacular goal clearly woke something in the home side and they went about hunting for an equaliser, a Green effort on goal looked to undo White’s effort but a routine save from Josh Benton ensured Paget would be able to fight for the draw.
Within a matter of minutes Morris played Carter through and Paget’s talisman striker chipped the ball over the helpless Tom Clough to send the Wee Gers level.
Deflated it was 11-man Lichfield that looked vulnerable but the visitors soon realised their advantage and launched an assault on the Paget defence, saves from Benton would help Paget earn a point, but it was nervy end to the match with eight minutes added on.