Jack Edwards

Lichfield City have progressed to the second round of the FA Vase after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Graham Street Prims, at the Asterdale stadium.

The blues took the lead after just 3 minutes when the man on fire in front of goal Jack Edwards, who has now scored eight goals in his previous four games scored for City, after Kyle Patterson’s cross found its way to Edwards at the back post who tucked the ball past Byron Musgrove.

Edwards was a constant threat down the right-hand side, he stung the hands of Musgrove with a shot from inside the penalty area.

Highflying Lichfield showed their dominance throughout the game, keeping possession well and causing the opposition lots of problems, with their fast attacking football.

Left-back Joe Haines was also causing a lot of issues for the Graham Street Prims right back Raife Poplar in particular, with a fantastic nutmeg being one of many highlights for the marauding defender.

Lichfield made it 2-0 when a Luke Childs’ scuffed shot bobbled off the turf and bamboozled the St Prims goalkeeper Musgrove, to give clear daylight between the blues and Street Pims.

Experienced midfielder Kyle Patterson won a penalty on the brink of half-time when he was pulled back by Luke Garton in the area cynically. The penalty was confidently converted by Dan Lomas into the bottom left corner to make it 3-0 going into halftime.

After the break, Lichfield were comfortable in the second half, albeit slightly dropping off allowing Street Prims to slightly improve in the second half.

Lichfield asserted their dominance later in the second half though, after introducing fresh legs in the shape of debutant Sam Fitzgerald who replaced goalscorer Dan Lomas and Chandler Pegg was brought on replacing number 6 Tom Brown.

It was soon to be four when a corner from the debutant Fitzgerald caused a scramble in the area and the ball dropped to Max Dixon who drilled in the shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal superbly.

Once again Joe Haines was causing issues down the left, with a fantastic whipped cross towards Childs, the shot was kept out superbly by Musgrove who was no doubt the busiest out of the two goalkeepers.

It was a comfortable win for the blues, who advance to the second round of the FA Vase and will be hoping to go far in the competition with a place at Wembley for the two finalists in the competition.

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