LITTLETON won for the first time this season when they defeated visitors Lichfield City 1-0 in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

This was a hard-fought victory but the team are getting stronger and fitter and lasted the pace better than previously.

The bulk of the play was confined to midfield although Littleton looked the more dangerous and opened up the visitors' rearguard on a few occasions with Sean Cooke leading the way.

Ryan Reeves got through but shot past the post.

On the hour Littleton took the lead when a long ball from Steve Edgehill found Cooke who nipped in behind the defence and scored with calm assurance.

Littleton set their stall out to defend but with 10 minutes to go and for the second time this season their keeper was sent off for handling the ball outside the box.

This time it was Josh Rogers who acted instinctively when the ball bounced higher than he had anticipated.

But deputy keeper Luis Sone dealt calmly with the situation as Littleton played out time.

Littleton visit Brocton on Saturday in Midland League Division One (3pm).