Lichfield City FC leave it late to see off Shawbury United in the FA Vase

Lichfield City FC’s habit of leaving it late to secure victory continued as they collected an FA Vase scalp against Shawbury United.

Despite being among the Midland Football League Division One front-runners, Dave Langston’s men knew the task against Premier Division opposition was going to be a tough one.

But there was no sign of a gulf between the two sides during a nervy opening which yielded few chances of note.

Dan Thurstance did manage to test the keeper with an effort from distance – a strike which turned out to be a rehearsal for the opening goal which came after 35 minutes. A scramble in the box saw the ball pop out to Thurstance who hammered City into the lead.

Ben Lund and Luke Chapman both went close as Lichfield began to crank up the pressure on Shawbury.

But the Premier Division outfit showed they were still a threat as two good chances were spurned before the break.

The second period saw Shawbury fire wide from close range before Lund saw his effort saved at the other hand.

Dean Withers was next to go close for Lichfield, before their opponents were reduced to ten men after a sending off.

But the dismissal seemed to benefit Shawbury as they pulled level when a free-kick was prodded home with ten minutes left on the clock.

And they could have completely reversed the scoreline as a quick break saw James Lawson forced to make a good save.

With both sides still locked at 1-1 going into stoppage time it seemed nothing would separate them. But with time ticking away Chapman produced a moment of magic with a powerful drive into the bottom corner from 20 yards to send Lichfield through.

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