Non-League preview: City of Stoke look to carry on good form in league after cup blow

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After losing a thriller last Saturday against Lichfield City Casuals in the Presidents Cup, City of Stoke square off with Lichfield in the league tomorrow at Brownfield Road.

The hosts will be buoyant after scoring two late goals to win 4-3 against the visitors. City of Stoke head coach Darren Mansell expects the same intensity tomorrow.

“We expect again the same competitive game this weekend” he said, “both teams are on a great run currently in the league and this is probably going to be deciding factor in the season” said Mansell.

Stoke have been ruthless since the restart scoring seventeen goals and only conceding seven in the process. Mansell is using tomorrow’s game fire up his side after defeat to the hosts . “We can’t dwell on it and only use it as fuel for this Saturday in the league”.

It’s been a thrilling title race and with just four games left in the season, there isn’t any room for error. Mansell was delighted with how the club has performed this season. “Promotion this season has always been the priority with the vision of the club” said Mansell, “This is our last game against teams in promotion contention. It’s looking likely to go to the wire and make for an exciting finish to what has been a fragmented season”.

These two clubs haven’t faced each other too many times, with Lichfield getting the better of Stoke in the head to head, two wins to Lichfield and Stoke yet to beat their hosts. The last game in the league was a humiliating 7-2 win for Lichfield against Stoke two years ago. It’s a game that certainly produces goals.

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