Lichfield City Causals 4 City Of Stoke 2 – Promotion race blown wide open in Staffordshire County Division One

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Lichfield City Causals manager James Lloyd was left delighted by his team after extending their winning run to six games, after seeing off City of Stoke 4-2.

It was the visitors that opened the scoring, through a fantastic strike by Matthew Wain. He won the ball high in the Causal’s half, and he unleashed a shot from twenty-five yards out past Matthew Beeston in the goal.

The lead lasted just seven mins until Joshua Milner equalised for the Casuals. A low driven cross by Paul Halifax down the left gave Milner a simple tap in.

One became two as Lichfield countered attacked down the right through Phillip Dunnett, sets up Connor Williams for a neat goal. Lichfield looking dangerous early on.

Stoke struggled to deal with the counter attack, but they had their best chance after their goal. A handball by Dunnett just inside the area gave Stoke a great opportunity. However Barry Weston missed from twelve yards hitting the post leaving Stoke frustrated at the break.

Lichfield were devastating in the second half, on the 55th minute Milner adding his second of the game. Halifax linking up with Milner again for another tap in, they all count.

Casuals made it four after the hour mark. Mistake by Stoke’s Cameron Jepson, being put under pressure by Guy Harwood whos low cross was met by Dunnett who slotted it past Armstrong in the Stoke goal.

Stoke did get a consolation in the end. Armstrong’s long kick was caught by the wind, and Kieran Lazenby needed two bites at it to put the ball in the net.

Stoke showed their resilience towards the end but the Casuals ended Stoke’s four game winning run in all competitions. Whereas the Casuals turn their attention to the President’s Trophy semi final on Tuesday.

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