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Lichfield City produce cup heroics to end Bromsgrove Sporting’s run

Lichfield City progressed in the Les James Challenge Cup by ending Bromsgrove Sporting’s unbeaten home run which stretches back 34 games.

City fielding a side decimated by injuries and suspensions drew first blood against high-flying Bromsgrove in the first game of their back to back double header.

It was Paul Holt’s men who started the brighter, a succession of Leon Morgan corners in the opening ten minutes saw debutant Chris Milner have two headers cleared off the line and one tipped over the bar by keeper Tom Savage.

But the home side bounced back with winger Nash forcing a smart save from keeper Ryan Moore, who was also making his debut.

Lichfield deservedly took the lead on 21 minutes, striker Kyle Minto burst through the home defence only to be hauled to the ground by keeper Savage who escaped with a yellow card. Jacob Snape kept his nerve to convert the penalty.

Two minutes before the break and Bromsgrove showed why they’ve been a tough nut to crack at home as a Devlin run and cross was headed home by striker Morrison to level the scoreline.

City could have restored their advantage had Minto not fluffed his lines when clean through or Snape not showed a lack of composure. Lewis Bourne also failed to connect with a header when it seemed impossible to miss.

They nearly paid for their wastefulness in front of goal as Moore produced a wonder save to push Devlin’s 30-yard volley onto the woodwork and away to safety.

The match went into extra time and both sides showed their tiredness as a number of chances when begging, including an unbelievable miss from Bromsgrove substitute Draper who somehow missed from barely a yard out.

It would prove to be a costly error too as City finally broke the home resolve once more five minutes into the second half of extra time. Danny Thurstance’s cross-cum-shot found the top corner to the disbelief of the home support.

Any hopes Bromsgrove might have had of launching a late onslaught to preserve their impressive home run were dashed five minutes later when Snape doubled his tally for the day to slide the ball home and send Lichfield into the quarter-finals.

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