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Lichfield City FC through in the Staffordshire Vase despite late scare

Action from Lichfield City FC v Uttoxeter Town

Action from Lichfield City FC v Uttoxeter Town. Pic: Mick Tyler

Lichfield City FC progressed to the next stage of the Staffordshire Vase after a tough encounter with Uttoxeter Town.

City were keen to avoid a banana skin in the shape of the Staffordshire Senior County League outfit and they early signs looked good as the hosts dominated the opening exchanges.

The home side had a great opportunity to open the scoring when Ash Bennett was sent through one on one, only to be denied by the Town keeper.

Leon Morgan was next to try his luck at the Uttoxeter goal, but could only drag his effort wide.

The breakthrough eventually came for Lichfield when Olly Budd’s good work allowed Lewis Bourne to head home from six yards.

The second half showed City that a one goal lead was unlikley to be enough as Uttoxeter created their first real opening of the game which saw them rattle the woodwork.

Action from Lichfield City FC v Uttoxeter Town. Pic: Mick Tyler

Action from Lichfield City FC v Uttoxeter Town. Pic: Mick Tyler

It was an alarm bell that seemed to kick Lichfield into action as they stretched their advantage when Bennett and Richard Deavall created an opening for Danny Worrall to rifle home a volley.

The tie looked to be all but over when the visitors were reduced to ten men after a heavy challenge, but Uttoxeter weren’t about to crumble and got themselves on the scoresheet when a mistake by City keeper Craig Johnson was punished.

But the Lichfield stopper made up for his error and ensured his side didn’t throw away a two goal lead with a fine save to keep the score at 2-1.

The sides were evened up in the final minutes when home striker Budd saw red, but the remaining ten men were able to see out the tie and ensure a safe passage into the draw for the next round.

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