Lichfield City have been knocked out of the Staffordshire Senior Cup after a 3-0 defeat against high-flying Leek Town. The game was even through but two penalties were awarded and lapses of concentration in the away side defence, allowed the home side to run away with it in the end.

Leek had an early chance to take the lead when Lichfield were deemed to have committed a foul in the area. Tim Grice stepped up to take it but was denied brilliantly by James Beeson who with a firm hand to his left saved superbly.

Leek had another chance from the penalty spot when Leighton Mcmenemy was deemed to have handballed in the area, although it seemed that Mcmenemy’s hands were by his side.

Grice made no mistake from the spot beating Beeson this time to give them the lead after 14 minutes.

One soon became two for the home side when a cross from the left from Louis Keenan landed on a plate for Will Saxon after the ball went straight through to him.

Saxon made no mistake making it 2-0 not long after the first.

Despite the score in the game, Lichfield were growing in confidence in the first half and were being dangerous with chances from Jack Edwards on the left when his powerful shot went just wide of the far post, after doing well to beat his man.

Leek had a chance of their own after half an hour when Grice was sent in on goal, his shot beat Beeson in goal but was kept out magnificently by Jamie Elkes who was running back to clear off the line.

Rob Stevenson made it 3-0 for Leek after 33 minutes when good hold up play after a dubious freekick seconds earlier, the ball fell to Stevenson who finished well in the penalty box.

The second half was a lot quieter than the first with chances being few and far between, apart from a shot from substitute Joe Edwards for Lichfield, which was well kept out by Sam Booth.

Luke Childs had another chance late on when his mazy run into the penalty box cause Leek problems, but his shot towards the near post was again well kept out by Booth in the Leek goal.

The result sees Leek Town advance to the Staffordshire Senior Cup semi-final despite the away side giving a good account of themselves on the night.

City will need to regroup for Saturday for when they take on bottom of the table Bewdley Town in a must-win game.

February 1, 2022

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