Stafford Town LFC Reserves 3 Chasetown Ladies 4

An action-packed game saw Chasetown Ladies pick up all three points after coming back from 3-1 down.

The Scholars took the lead on seven minutes when Sarah Thompson won a crunching tackle in midfield. She was first to get up and slotted the ball through for Charlotte Bull to charge in from the left wing and drill the ball past Megan James in the Stafford goal.

But the lead only lasted five minutes as Stafford drew level with a well-stuck shot from outside the box.

tafford then took the lead when the Chasetown defence failed to get in tackles.

Worse was to come when Chasetown players began picking up injuries and an enforced substitution led to captain and sweeper Nicci Barter coming off. This enabled Lyndsey Turner to make her debut.

It could have got worse for the Scholars and they only went in 2-1 down at half time thanks to two fine saves by Becky Troth.

At half time Sinead Treanor came on for the injured Jodie Edwards and Chasetown started the second half brightly.

However, it was Stafford who increased their lead following a counter-attacking move.

At 3-1 down the Scholars needed inspiration and it came in the form of player of the match Bull as she collected a crossfield ball and sped away to notch her second on the match.

Two minutes after scoring Bull turned provider as she collected a loose ball, took on two players and slid the ball through for Treanor to bring Chasetown level.

Jodie Kinsey hit a strong free kick against the Stafford post, but as the ball broke free Stafford surged forward exposing Chasetown at the back. Sarah Thompson gave chase and put in a brilliant last ditch tackle in the penalty area to keep Chasetown in the game.

A draw might have been a fair scoreline but the Scholars kept coming forward, hitting the post and bar and eventually nicked a winner when a bit of ping pong in the Stafford area saw the ball fall to Jade Arber who tucked the ball home to earn the win.

Chasetown: Becky Troth, Natasha Whitehouse, Nicci Barter, Katy Bridge, Chelsee Spencer, Abi Picken, Sarah Thompson, Jodie Kinsey, Charlotte Bull, Jodie Edwards, Jade Arber. Subs: Sinead Treanor, Lyndsey Turner, Heather Loynes.

Chasetown Ladies are sponsored by Chasetown Supporters Club and Sue’s Cars 01543 30 41 41.

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