A brave effort from Lichfield City FC wasn’t enough as they were narrowly beaten by high league opposition in the Staffordshire Sernior Cup.

The visit of Newcastle Town was always like to be a tough test, particularly after the surprise weekend league defeat against Chelmsley Town.

The signs didn’t look good when the visitors took the lead through Ryan McClean with 23 minutes on the clock.

But Lichfield didn’t fold and Kyle Patterson forced a good save out of away keeper Raajan Gill, before the stopper also produced a fine save to deny Jordan Evans.

City then had big appeals for a penalty waved away as they went into the break a goal adrift.

The second half saw Dan Griffiths see and effort kept out, while Newcastle also saw a strike go narrowly wide of the upright.

The visitors thought they’d doubled their lead when an effort rippled the net, but thankfully for Lichfield it was into the side-netting rather than the goal itself.

Tom Brown’s strike was just over before City keeper Adam Jenkins made a fine save to prevent a striker rounding him and scoring.

James Taylor had the Lichfield’s last meaningful chance of a leveller but could only steer his effort wide of the target.

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