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Lichfield City FC 2 Redgate Clayton FC 1

Lichfield City FC progressed to the quarter final stage of the Staffordshire Challenge Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory over Redgate Clayton FC at Brownsfield Park.

City had to come back from a goal behind though as the visitors snatched a first-half lead.

Matty Clay. Pic: Kevin Grice

Matty Clay. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert’s men were much-improved after the break and drew level through Will Evans. The City youngster headed home superbly from a Matty Clay corner to level proceedings.

The hosts continued to dominate and, when Redgate were reduced to ten-men following a second bookable offence, they really began to turn the screw.

Their dominance was rewarded when Clay arrowed home an excellent 20 yard strike into the top corner to ensure City’s safe passage to the quarter finals.

Manager Gilbert said:

“The lads were superb and showed fantastic character. We looked good especially second half and showed glimpses of how good we are when we have a bit of self belief.

“We showed that the lads are regaining the confidence that has been missing since the start of the season. You could see what it meant to them to win.”

Gilbert was also delighted to see the return of Sam Geffen following a long lay-off with injury. Geffen came on as a second-half substitute and earned the manager’s praise afterwards.

He explained:

“Sam Geffen was superb. He walked away with man of the match thanks to a great performance.Getting Sam fit was always priority. He is a very important player and proved on Saturday how much we have missed him.”

City are back in imoSports Midland Combination Division Two action this weekend as they travel to Greenhill on Saturday (November 13), kick-off 3pm.

Elsewhere, City’s reserves suffered a 3-1 away defeat at Inkberrow in Division Three.  They play host to Stratford Town A at Brownsfield Park on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

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