Lichfield City FC’s fine start to the season continued as they saw off Wolverhampton Casuals in the FA Vase.
After reaching the furthest stage of the FA Cup in the club’s history already this season, Jay Hawkins’ men repeated the feat in another national competition.
The signs were bright early on with Tom Brown forcing the keeper into a save before Kyle Patterson saw a free kick kept out.
But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock when Alex Foreshaw headed home from a corner.
Casuals then struck the upright as Lichfield narrowly avoided falling two behind.
City made the best of their let off by levelling through Patterson’s calm finish.
It was almost 2-1 to Lichfield when a Jordan Evans thunderbolt cannoned off the crossbar.
But Lichfield did get themselves in front when Patterson’s clever play in the box allowed him to centre for Dan Griffiths to net.
And it was 3-1 when Griffiths smashed a shot home from 20 yards out.
The first half scoring wasn’t done though as Keiron Miller netted for Casuals to make it 3-2 before the break.
Griffiths was denied a hat-trick by a smart save at the start of the second half before keeper Adam Jenkins kept out Casuals at the other end to keep the lead intact.
The visitors were looking for the leveller and saw a chip go just over.
But Lichfield hit them with a sucker punch after a corner saw Joel Powell climb highest to head home.
Casuals thought they’d again reduced the deficit to one goal but saw a header ruled out for a push on a Lichfield defender.
The result sees City progress to the first round of the FA Vase for the first time.