DAN Carter’s delicious lob helped to consign much-changed Worcester City to an early League Cup exit at Midland One Littleton.

Quick-thinking Carter found the net for the 11th time this season with a sumptuous effort from outside the box that sailed over keeper Tom Palmer and into the top left corner in the 62nd minute.

Mike Wright sealed the deal two minutes from time, darting in behind to prod beyond the advancing Palmer after substitute Robbie Agar had guided a ball into his path from the right. 

City made nine changes and handed debuts to winger Alex Tomkinson and striker Charlie Anagho-Ntamark, who joined from Romulus in order to gain game time.

The returning Tom Fishwick had a header cleared off the line from a fourth-minute corner with Josh Harris-James miscuing horribly from the flag kick that followed.

Littleton played the more fluent football for the rest of the half with captain Joe Adams skying an effort before a Carter lob landed just wide with Palmer in no-man’s land on 23 minutes.

As the first half came to a close, Palmer did well to watch and push over a teasing cross from Dale Edwards that was set to drop under the crossbar.

After a slow start to the second half, Kyonn Evans did well to whip in a low ball which was half cleared as far as Anagho-Ntamark who drove over from the edge of the box with his final touch before being substituted.

Carter’s sublime effort separated the teams just past the hour and while City gained territory from there, chances were at a premium.

James Baldwin and substitute Aaron Brett provided the most hope in the latter stages, going as close as anyone with off-target or tame efforts before Wright read the last rites.

Littleton: Hartop, Palmer, M Edwards, Fitter, Clarke (Grubb, 65), Fellows (Agar, 67), Adams, Jones, Carter, Wright, D Edwards (Xavier, 84). Unused subs: Ingram, Roach.

City: Palmer, Chiwara, Mole, Fishwick, Yeomans, Birch, Evans, Baldwin, Anagho-Ntamark (Hayward, 57), Harris-James (Brett, 65), Tomkinson (Keasey, 77). Unused subs: Elmes, Allen.