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Racing Club Warwick
Lichfield City
D Bartle (45'), L Cole (66', 75' Sent Off), C Bannister  (91')
Full time
Massey (2'), Handiman (32'), Shepard (35' Sent Off), Hartshorn (44')
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - Total Motion Midland Football League - Division 1 Attendance 133

Racing Club Warwick 3 Lichfield City 3

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Racers in dramatic last gasp Bannister equaliser

Racing Club Warwick entertained high flying Lichfield City and following last weeks defeat to Atherstone Town were looking to get back into winning ways against the only other outfit to have beaten them this year, and what a game it turned out to be.

Lichfield got off to the best of starts when a quick throw-in down the right on 2 minutes was quickly whipped in and Tom Massey scored a good headed goal from close range. Scott Turner then hit the post from a tight angle but it wasn't long before City added a second but not before the card happy referee had started to book City players for fun. Lewis Hayden was robbed of the ball just inside his own half and Max Black set Matthew Hardiman free and he calmly slotted home past Charlie Bannister. Mansell almost made it three but shot well over before the card took their toll when Dan Sheppard was booked twice in quick succession to get his marching orders for what must of been something that was said. This didn't deter a very good Lichfield and a superb Joe Hartshorne James Taylor combination saw Hartshorne fire home past Bannister to make it 0-3 and a shocked Townsend Meadow were shell shocked.

Racing needed something quickly and it came just before the break when Danny Bartle cleverly turned and fired home on the stroke of half time.

Second half and Racing needed to make the man advantage count and it was mainly Warwick possession throughout, with the referee continually slowing the game down to the frustration of both teams. Lichfield defended superbly and it took a trademark Luke Cole goal to eventually reduce the deficit to one. Turner headed back a cross and a superb diving header from Cole crashed home.

It was game on now and although Racing continued the pressure Lichfield looked dangerous on the break and indeed Taylor had the ball in the net for the visitors but he was adjudged offside. The cards were still coming and Cole, attempting to win the ball in the penalty box, received a second yellow and his marching orders. Bannister then saved smartly from Massey to keep Warwick in the game as City continued to hit Racing on the break as the hosts committed men forward.

The drama wasn't quite done and with the time almost 5pm, the continual stopping of the game eventually undid Lichfield as in the 96th minute a corner for Racing and surely the last chance now? Turner flicked on and the ball fell for 'keeper Bannister who was up for the corner and he hit a left foot volley that flew into the top corner to the delight of the Racing fans.

Racing host Brocton next Saturday, 3pm kickoff at Townsend Meadow.

Key moments

2:00
Goal Massey scores for Lichfield City
32:00
Goal Handiman scores for Lichfield City
35:00
Red Card Shepard is sent off for Lichfield City
44:00
Goal Hartshorn scores for Lichfield City
45:00
Goal Daniel Bartle scores for Racing Club Warwick
66:00
Goal Luke Cole scores for Racing Club Warwick
75:00
Red Card Luke Cole is sent off for Racing Club Warwick
90:00 +1:00
Goal Charlie Bannister scores for Racing Club Warwick

Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Goal 3 - 3
Charlie Bannister scores for Racing Club Warwick
90:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Hayden is yellow carded for Racing Club Warwick
87:00 Sub On
Griffiths is substituted on for Lichfield City
87:00 Sub Off
Hartshorn is substituted off for Lichfield City
85:00 Yellow Card
Joe Smith is yellow carded for Racing Club Warwick
85:00 Sub Off
Taylor is substituted off for Lichfield City
85:00 Sub On
Griffiths is substituted on for Lichfield City
75:00 Red Card 2 - 3
Luke Cole is sent off for Racing Club Warwick
72:00 Sub On
Odoherty is substituted on for Lichfield City
72:00 Sub Off
Handiman is substituted off for Lichfield City
71:00 Yellow Card
Alex Price is yellow carded for Racing Club Warwick
66:00 Goal 2 - 3
Luke Cole scores for Racing Club Warwick
65:00 Sub On
Alex Price is substituted on for Racing Club Warwick
65:00 Sub Off
Jack Cresswell is substituted off for Racing Club Warwick
56:00 Yellow Card
Luke Cole is yellow carded for Racing Club Warwick
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 1 - 3
Daniel Bartle scores for Racing Club Warwick
44:00 Goal 0 - 3
Hartshorn scores for Lichfield City
36:00 Sub Off
Richard Powell is substituted off for Racing Club Warwick
36:00 Sub On
Daniel Bartle is substituted on for Racing Club Warwick
35:00 Red Card 0 - 2
Shepard is sent off for Lichfield City
32:00 Goal 0 - 2
Handiman scores for Lichfield City
31:00 Yellow Card
Taylor is yellow carded for Lichfield City
10:00 Yellow Card
Shepard is yellow carded for Lichfield City
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Massey scores for Lichfield City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Racing Club Warwick
  • Lichfield City
  • 0
  • Massey Goal 2:00'
  • Shepard Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Taylor Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Handiman Goal 32:00'
  • Shepard Red Card 35:00'
  • Richard Powell Sub Off 36:00'
  • Daniel Bartle Sub On 36:00'
  • Hartshorn Goal 44:00'
  • Daniel Bartle Goal 45:00'
  • Luke Cole Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Jack Cresswell Sub Off 65:00'
  • Alex Price Sub On 65:00'
  • Luke Cole Goal 66:00'
  • Alex Price Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Handiman Sub Off 72:00'
  • Odoherty Sub On 72:00'
  • Luke Cole Red Card 75:00'
  • Joe Smith Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Taylor Sub Off 85:00'
  • Griffiths Sub On 85:00'
  • Hartshorn Sub Off 87:00'
  • Griffiths Sub On 87:00'
  • Lewis Hayden Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Charlie Bannister Goal 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Lichfield City
  • 1. Jenkins
  • 2. Mansell
  • 3. Evans
  • 4. Robinson
  • 5. Wright
  • 6. Black
  • 7. Shepard
  • 8. Massey
  • 9. Taylor
  • 10. Handiman
  • 11. Hartshorn
  • 12. Odoherty
  • 13. Rolsten
  • 14. Taylor-boyce
  • 15. Griffiths

League round up

Other Division 1 results

1
2
Uttoxeter Town
1
1
Hinckley AFC
Heath Hayes
0
6
Paget Rangers
Littleton
0
2
0
1
Rocester
Stapenhill
0
1
Chelmsley Town

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Heather St. John's 30 77
2. Atherstone Town 29 69
3. Racing Club Warwick 29 67
4. Lichfield City 29 62
5. Leicester Road 28 57
6. NKF Burbage 30 50
7. Uttoxeter Town 29 46

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