Lichfield 1-3 Nuneaton Boro Report
By Dan Hargraves
It wasn’t to be for Lichfield City as their famous FA Cup run came to an end on Saturday afternoon as they lost 3-1 to Nuneaton Borough F.C. in front of a record crowd of over 800 as well as those watching on the BBC.
The hosts made a good account of themselves in the first half after riding a slightly choppy storm in the opening minutes with ‘keeper James Beeson being forced into a low save within the first minute.
Max Dixon saw two decent opportunities go amiss, one a tidy low strike on the turn that was well saved by the Boro’ goalkeeper and another flashed over the bar after being played through by skipper Kyle Patterson.
Despite being two leagues apart, the two sides played out an end-to-end contest with neither outfit able to find a breakthrough before the half-time whistle.
Both goalkeepers were tested in the second half before Nuneaton’s excess quality and fitness paid dividends as striker Ryan Edmunds unleashed a mouth-watering effort into the right top corner, well beyond the reach of Beeson.
Before City knew it, they were two goals down thanks to another strike that rivaled the first, this one scored by Louis Baker.
There was a lifeline for the hosts, however, Christian Blanchette was brought down in the box and Max Black converted the awarded penalty.
With Lichfield seeking a late equaliser, they were caught out by Nuneaton’s extra quality with a tidy move being finished off with a tap-in from Jordan Goddard.
Those associated with Lichfield should feel proud that the club was able to get into this sort of position in the first place and it certainly wasn’t an embarrassment on the pitch. Despite the result, a fantastic day for the football club.