Sheffield FC 2 Chasetown FC 0

Chasetown FC surrendered their unbeaten record with a defeat at the world’s oldest football club.

Sheffield produced lively and skilled football in front of an appreciative crowd, and though the visitors found several chances they were not quite able to convert them.

Richard Teesdale and Vaughan Thomas combined to head away a Paul Smith free kick from in front of goal in the third minute of a stop-start opening period, with another set-piece gathered by Ryan Price at his far post.

The home side displayed some good passing play as the pace began to pick up, but Richard Batchelor was fouled out on the left in the tenth minute and Sheffield keeper Tom Cross had to dive to his right to palm away Ben Steane’s free kick for a corner.

This seemed to spur Chasetown into a higher gear, with Mark Branch looking rapid down the left and on 14 minutes he and Teesdale played in Batchelor who was dispossessed at the point of shooting as was Mark Branch two minutes later by Jon Hobson.

Paul Smith then cleared Steane’s cross from the left on 20 minutes as the Scholars continued to slowly increase their attacking power, but it was Sheffield who took the lead in the 23rd minute when a cross from the left was headed home by Jordan Eagers.

The hosts nearly doubled their lead three minutes later when Andrew Gascoigne fired over the bar after Teesdale had blocked Matt Roney’s initial attack, but Chasetown’s energy had not dissipated and Batchelor was narrowly beaten to Steane’s cross by Ben Leonard but the resultant corner came to nothing.

Steane then fired over Cross’s bar from 20 yards and Thomas then headed a Steane corner inches over as the men in blue began to increase the pressure once more. In the closing minutes of the half Lee Greenway fired a free kick straight at Cross and the Scholars were still unable to find the target.

John Branch almost celebrated his return from injury with a goal as the second half began but Cross gathered his header at the near post, and Chasetown began to struggle to keep possession.

Steane and Craig Marshall soon got back into attacking mode, while Thomas was having a fine game at the back and John Branch blocked an attack from Steve Woolley on 56 minutes.

A Sheffield free kick on the left from Roney was headed on by Eagers but went wide, and Batchelor was again unable to find the target from a Gary Birch cross on 72 minutes as both sides pressed for goal with Birch then missing a header from close range.

Despite some tough play in midfield Chasetown seemed to lack the killer instinct when presented with chances, and the hosts made them work hard in the closing stages.

Sheffield doubled their lead with four minutes remaining when Woolley cut in from the left beating Chris Slater and coolly slotted a low right-footed shot past Price.

Still the steel city side attacked, Price narrowly tipping Matt Outram’s shot round the post in stoppage time, and the Scholars were condemned to their first UniBond League defeat as tempers began to flare in the final minutes.

Chasetown are back on the FA Cup trail this Saturday as they host AFC Wulfrunians in the preliminary round (3pm kick-off).

Sheffield: Cross, G Smith, Wright, Hobson (c), P Smith, Leonard, Roney, Eagers, Jackson, Gascoigne, Woolley. Subs: Outram (Roney 89), Purkiss, Senior (Jackson 59), Dempsey (Eagers 72), Wainman.
Chasetown: Price, J Branch, M Branch, Slater, Vaughan, Teesdale (c), Steane, Greenway, Marshall, D Smith, Batchelor. Subs: Holland, Harris (Steane 70), Milligan, Egan (Teesdale 79), Birch (Marshall 65).

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2 Comments

  1. Darrell

    26th August, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    It was an unbeaten record not a 100% record as they drew 1-1 against Shepshed just last week!

  2. Sammy J

    27th August, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Whoops! Changed now.