Lichfield City have been knocked out of the Walsall Senior Cup after a late Kyle Perry tap-in sends the home side through to the semi-final of the cup where they will face Rushall Olympic.

The goal came late in the day through Perry after good work from Liam Kirton on the right who played a dangerous low cross into the 6-yard box where Perry was on hand to tap into the empty night.

On a night of few chances and scrappy play, it was Chasetown who impressed in the first half, a 30-yard effort from Jakob Burroughs went wide of James Beeson’s goal after 5 minutes.

Dilano Reid for Chasetown picked up the ball on the right-hand side, the tricky winger jinxed inside past Lichfield left-back Joe Haines, before firing his near post effort again just wide of the goal after just minutes.

A hurried clearance by James Beeson under pressure didn’t have the desired distance or height that the goalkeeper intended. The ball went straight to Reid who carried the ball dangerously before his fiercely struck shot was saved well by Beeson, to make up for his previous error a few seconds earlier.

Lichfield struggled to create any real clear-cut chances as their sloppy play in the final third meant Ivor Green’s men didn’t create any chances of note in a poor first half that lacked real quality.

Chasetown started well in the second half, a free-kick from 20 yards out taken by Daniel O Callaghan went over Beeson’s bar much to the relief of the goalkeeper. The home side continued to create half-chances but nothing of a real note as the local derby struggled to live up to the hype.

Luke Childs picked up the ball in a dangerous area on the right, near the penalty area. The winger accelerated into the box before his low effort was saved by Chasetown goalkeeper Adam Jenkins albeit at the second time of asking.

Harry Cunningham played a great ball inside to Liam Kirton who saw his left-footed effort held well by Beeson albeit it was a tame effort from the Chasetown number 16.

Luke McGinnell cannoned an effort off the bar inside the penalty area and Beeson seemed to get a touch to take it over the bar much to the dismay of the lively home crowd.

Lichfield chucked bodies forward late on looking for a late equaliser with brilliant crosses aplenty causing Chasetown problems, but nobody could get on the end of them.

Jamie Elkes was dismissed late on for violent conduct towards one of the Chasetown players and the referee had little decision but to send the defender off.

By Shaun Webbley

March 29, 2022
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