Match Preview: Lichfield City vs Paget Rangers

The Bears travel to 10th placed Lichfield City for a league clash on Saturday 27th January (KO 3pm).

In terms of current form Lichfield’s last 6 games in all competitions have produced 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. Lichfield’s three victories include a 3-1 win over Pershore Town in their previous outing, a 3-2 win away at high-flying Studley and a 1-0 success on Boxing Day at Nuneaton Griff. Lichfield’s two defeats came in a league fixture at home to leaders Walsall Wood (1-5) and away at Hednesford Town (0-5) in the Staffordshire Senior Cup, meanwhile the one draw was a high scoring affair (2-2) at home to Hinckley AFC.

Paget’s current form shows from the least 6 games, 5 wins for the Bears and one defeat. The Bears 5 victories were against; Chelmsley Town (2-0), Cadbury Athletic (4-0), Stafford Town (4-1), Tividale (1-0) and Coventry Alvis (2-0), meanwhile the only defeat was the last minute heartbreak against league leaders Walsall Wood (2-3).

In terms of Lichfield’s hot-shots, Daniel Griffiths is leading the way in the goalscoring charts with 14 goals to his name so far this season, whilst there will be a familiar face for Bears supporters in the opposition line up in for Paget midfielder Tom Howard who has featured in 30 of Lichfield’s 32 games so far this season. Paget have boasted a mean defence in recent games with 5 clean sheets from the Bears last 8 outings, however the last meeting between the two sides, earlier this season, ended in a 3-3 draw.

The two sides met a Chruch Road earlier in the season in MFL Division 1 action with the contest ending in a 3-3 draw. Lichfield took a two goal lead through Tom Green and Daniel Griffiths, before Daniel Carter reduced the arrears for the Bears before half time. Lichfield restored their two goal advantage in the 73rd minute through Griffiths, before a stunning strike from Kurt White and a Daniel Carter leveller gave Paget a share of the spoils in front of a crowd of 83 spectators. Lichfield currently sit in 10th position in the MFL 1st Division with 39 points from their 24 league games, whilst the Bears sit in 11th with 34 points from 25 games.

Lichfield play at The City Ground, Brownsfield Road (off Eastern Avenue), Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6AY

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