Chasetown FC Reserves 3 Quorn FC Reserves 1

Chasetown FC Reserves defeated current league leaders Quorn despite playing nearly an hour of the match with only ten men.

The game opened in lively fashion with Quorn centre forward Brown heading against the home crossbar from a Goold cross in the opening minute.

On 7 minutes Daniel O’Callaghan’s low cross broke to Dan Rock who placed his shot under the advancing Simpson in the visiting goal for the opening goal of the game.

Jamie Hawkins and Lee Smith both produced diving saves out of Simpson has the Scholars pressed for the second.

However, It was the visitors who had a great chance to equalise in the 22nd minute. Quorn’s Brown robbed Chasetown defender Jamie Elwell and headed for goal, but Martin Taylor did well to shepherd the visiting forward wide and then blocked his shot from an acute angle before producing another fine save from the resulting rebound.

The visitors then saw Griffiths head narrowly wide from a Goold cross and then Brown went close as the game swung from end to end.

A corner from Quorn’s Goold was met powerfully by Brown whose header was goalbound until it struck the top of Jamie Hawkins arm on the goal line to prevent the ball entering the net. Referee Heath had no hesitation in awarding a penalty to the visitors and sending off the unfortunate Chasetown man. From the resulting spot kick Brown planted the ball into the bottom corner of the net past the diving Taylor to bring Quorn back on level terms ten minutes from the break.

The second half started where the first left off, with the game flowing from end to end and it did not take long for ten men Chasetown to regain the lead.

On 49 minutes, Corey Currithers collected the ball on the edge of the Quorn area and his sideways pass into the path of on rushing Lee Smith saw the defender’s powerful low drive beat Simpson at his near past to make it 2-1 to the Scholars.

A great build up by Gavin Saunders and Daniel O’Callaghan then forced visiting centre half Richardson into a desperate tackle to prevent the latter getting his shot away.

Just after the hour mark, the home side increased their lead, Rock’s high ball into the Quorn penalty area saw goalkeeper Simpson drop the ball into his own net under pressure from Chasetown forward Currithers.

Visiting left back Chiavetta’s shot from the edge of the area forced Taylor to save low down to his right, before Daniel O’Callaghan’s run from his own half nearly caught Quorn on the break, but the midfielder could only shoot straight at Simpson.

Home keeper Taylor was again called into action to prevent Quorn’s Griffiths and Goold during a succession of corners for the visitors as they sought a way back into the game.

On 87 minutes Jack Scandrett forced Simpson to save low down at his near post as the Scholars continued to have an attacking threat despite being a man short.

In the dying minutes substitute Moran’s shot struck the Chasetown post and then Gould threatened the home goal with a header from a Brown cross but Quorn could not find a way past the inspired Taylor in the home goal.

Next week’s action for the Scholars Reserves sees them entertain Heath Hayes in the JW Hunt Cup Round 2 on Wednesday night (November 18th) with a 7.45pm kick off. Then, next Saturday (November 21), they visit Oadby Town Reserves in the league, kick off at 3pm.

Chasetown: Taylor, Smith, Elwell, Hulin, Horton, Saunders, Currithers, Daniel O’Callaghan, Scandrett, Hawkins (Capt), Rock. Subs: Willetts, Tams (Rock 90+3), Ivers (Currithers 90+2), Aiton (O’Callaghan 79), Tom O’Callaghan.

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