Lichfield City FC upset the odds to beat Walsall in cup quarter-final

Lichfield City FC upset the odds once again to reach the semi-final of the Walsall Senior Cup.

Having seen off former club Chasetown FC earlier in the competition, Gary Birch saw his side claim another former employer as they beat a youthful Walsall side in a thrilling encounter.

Tony Clarke has been a striker in form and he gave the Saddlers an early warning when he was denied after going through one-on-one with the keeper.

It took the Saddlers until 15 minutes were on the clock to sting the palms of City keeper Ryan Moore, but it was the home side who were posing the bigger threat in front of goal as Andre Francis saw a header go just over.

The deadlock was finally broken just before the interval when Tom Evans slotted between the legs of the Walsall keeper.

The Saddlers were clearly fired up for the second period and carved out a couple of openings after the restart.

But Lichfield were still posing a threat and saw Dave Yonwin fire over from the edge of the box.

City were made to pay for their missed chances as the visitors pulled level.

Yonwin then missed when it looked easier to score, before Evans spared his blushes by putting Lichfield back in front.

The Saddlers weren’t done and levelled again before City keeper Moore pulled off an excellent save to prevent them getting their noses in front.

Lichfield’s opportunity to spring the upset came when they were awarded a penalty late on. Clarke stepped up, only to see his strike saved – but the striker was alert to tuck home the rebound and seal a 3-2 triumph.

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