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Lichfield 1st XI 1 Olton & WW 1st XI 3

Olton travelled to face a Lichfield side that like them struggled to make an impact on the BodyKraft Midlands Premier League last season.

Olton travelled to face a Lichfield side that like them struggled to make an impact on the BodyKraft Midlands Premier League last season.

Olton started the game for the second week running at a frantic pace causing the Lichfield defensive line problems on both the left and right flanks.

The early pressure was rewarded with a penalty corner when Simon Thompson was hacked on five minutes. Pickersgill duly converted in trademark fashion.

Olton did have to soak up some pressure from the home side, but were gifted with an opportunity on 27 minutes to extend the lead further from the penalty spot. Jack Mallett won the stroke having penetrated the right hand side of the ‘D’ forcing the last Lichfield defender into a clumsy tackle. Mallett confidently stepped up to place the ball past the keeper but instead just forced him into a save.

In the second half, the home side appeared to have found momentum and were looking dangerous with the pace of Aide Gilbert causing problems.

Olton managed to ride the storm and regained control and extended the lead on 60 minutes through Michael Johnson from close range.

At 2:0 Olton sat back and were forced to soak up more pressure.

However Isaacs looked unbeatable in goal producing some magnificent saves, but was eventually beaten by Gilbert with eight minutes.

The game was eventually closed off by Olton when Pickersgill slotted the ball home from a short corner drag flick with five minutes.

On Saturday Olton play Khalsa 1-30 at home and 3.30pm v Melton in the Cup on Sunday.

 

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