Lichfield City FC’s FA Vase dreams were shattered at Bromsgrove Sporting.
Dave Langston’s men got off to a nightmare start in front of a crowd of almost 750 as Reece Hewitt headed the home side in front.
Dan Thurstance had a good chance to reduce the deficit before City were thankful to keeper Amrick Virdee who saved well to deny Sporting a second after a quick break.
But Bromsgrove’s threat was evident once more with half an hour on the clock when a defensive mix-up allowed Jason Cowley a free run on goal and he made no mistake with the finish to double the lead.
Virdee clawed one out of the top corner as Lichfield began to look increasingly fragile.
Boss Langston will have been pleased to get his side in just two goals adrift at half time, but the second half started in similar fashion to the first with Bromsgrove crafting the first change which saw Virdee save well once more.
City showed signs of revival as Ben Lund forced the keeper to smother and kill the danger, before making the Sporting stopper save low shortly afterwards.
But Sporting again showed their threat as an effort rattled the Lichfield crossbar.
The escape seemed to kick the visitors into action. Daniel Griffiths sent an effort wide, before another cross somehow evaded everyone as it flashed across the box.
Joshua Haston thought he’d got Lichfield back into the game only to see the Bromsgrove keeper deny him.
But City were made to pay for their missed chances as Cowley’s long range effort beat Virdee to make it 3-0 – and it could have been worse as the hosts again rattled the bar.
There was some late consolation for Lichfield as sub Liam Holt turned in a cross, but it was to be too little too late for the visitors.