Lichfield City FC overcame their first hurdle – as well as the odds – in the FA Cup thanks to a hat-trick from Luke Childs.

They faced a Highgate United side led by former City boss Russell Dodds as they took their opening step on the road to Wembley.

City went into the game level on points at the top of the Midland Football League Division One with the visitors leading the way in the early stages in the Premier Division.

But it was Lichfield who took the early advantage with Childs rifling a 20-yard effort past the Highgate keeper.

Dan McLeod sent a header wide before Childs doubled Lichfield’s lead after a jinking run and smart finish.

City were having the better of the half with the strong wind at their back and Evans was next to head over the top.

But Highgate netted a crucial goal just before the break through Connor Doyle.

The second half was always likely to be a challenge with the visitors now enjoying a wind-assisted period and they almost equalised when a header cannoned off the bar.

The leveller eventually did come when a header from Shay Palmer found the City net.

But Lichfield and Childs still had a trick up their sleeve and another smart run and cool finish earned the City man his third goal of the game and sent Jay Hawkins’ men into the next stage of the FA Cup.

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