LITTLETON maintained the pressure at the top of the Midland Combination Premier Division with a 4-2 victory over visiting Lichfield.

At one time it looked as though Littleton would swamp Lichfield but in the end it needed a penalty to ease the home side’s nerves.

After a bright start from Littleton, it came as something of a surprise when Lichfield took the lead. A powerful shot from the right beating debutant Haywood in the home goal.

Littleton continued to press and Olly Manouchehrs hit the bar and a Tim Beattie header was well saved by the visiting goalkeeper.

However, on 25 minutes the hosts’ pressure finally told when Lolley calmly scored from 10 yards.

Then, on the stroke of halftime, the Vale side went 2-1 when a long pass from Simon Fitter put Clarke through and he controlled the ball superbly and chipped the onrushing keeper to score.

Littleton increased their lead at the restart of the second- half following a mazy run from Lolley which took him through the Lichfield defence before laying a chance on a plate for Scott Walsh to hammer it home.

However, the vistors hit back on 67 minutes when their striker scored with a fine shot.

But on 75 minutes Littleton were awarded a penalty which Manouchehrs converted to make the points safe. On Saturday, Littleton are away at Brocton (3pm).