The Jaguars took on the unbeaten Lichfield Round Table in what turned out to be a feisty, spirited battle between two eager sides. Lichfield claimed the initiative with some early pressure on the Jags goal but keeper Josh Price, supported well by defenders Ollie Cooper and Euan Aston were more than up to the task of keeping the Jags on level terms.
As the Jags started to assert some pressure of their own they conceded a goal on the break, following a testing cross the ball was bundled over the line amongst a sea of bodies from both sides giving Lichfield the lead.
Despite going behind the Jags showed good character against their more physical opponents, following a fine run from the back Man of the Match Cooper brought the best out of the Lichfield keeper with a good save at the near post from a well struck shot. Going into the break the Jags really should have been on level terms having had prolonged spells of possession without working the Lichfield keeper too hard.
Having already defended against the wind and slope the second half saw the Jags have all the advantages in their favour and it wasn’t long before midfield general Billy Hammond was again in the thick of the action with his trademark tough tackling to set up Mason Coleman with a brace of chances.
The Jags stopper Price was merely a spectator during the second half, more lengthy spells of possession saw the Lichfield keeper again untroubled as the table’s top team sat deeper and deeper in defence as the half progressed.
It was ‘one of those days’ for the Jags as the referee blew his whistle for full time, the Lichfield boys celebrated their win and unbeaten start to the season knowing they had come through a real test with all 3 points having spent the majority of the game on the back foot.