With the long-awaited start of the 2015/16 football season, our award-winning soccer correspondent Ross Hamstring reports:
Lichfield City FC drew 2-2 against Atherstone on Saturday.
Gary Birch’s men started well with Ricardo Richards kicking the ball, missing the goal and straining his groin.
Odane Barnes replaced him, kicked the ball and also missed the goal.
Lichfield’s Tony Clarke kicked the ball and also missed the goal.
Barnes kicked the ball into the net. Goal.
Atherstone’s Ryan Ball kicked the ball in the opposite direction and scored.
That was the end of a thrilling first half.
Following the break Barnes kicked the ball in the opposite direction and into the net. Another goal.
One of Lichfield’s players tried to catch the ball to keep it out of the goal. He is not the goalie, so penalty.
Atherstone’s Simeon Smith kicked the ball into the goal. Goal.
Lichfield’s Clarke kicked the ball and missed.
Barnes kicked the ball and missed again.
That was the end of the match.
Lichfield return to action tomorrow (August 11) with a home game against Heather St Johns. Kick-off is at 7.45pm if anyone is remotely interested.