Chasetown FC Reserves 8 Bromsgrove Rovers FC Reserves 3

Chasetown FC Reserves ended a difficult week for all concerned with the team with a thumping victory over Bromsgrove Rovers at the Scholars Ground with four goal Daniel O’Callaghan worthy of special praise.

Both teams had chances in the opening minutes Blood played in Ibhadan for visitors but John Green was quickly off his line and on hand to clear, then Jack Scandrett pounced on a mistake by Bromsgrove’s Westwood and continued down the left hand side before crossing for Dean Perrow, however the striker’s effort was blocked and away for a corner.

O’Callaghan then tested visiting keeper Mole twice in a couple of minutes as the game reached the 10 minute mark.

In between O’Callaghan’s two strikes, Bromsgrove’s Bright should have done better when volleying over Blood’s cross from close range.

On 12 minutes, Scott Embrey’s lofted through ball put Perrow clear on the edge of the area but despite chipping the advancing Mole is effort drifted wide of the far post.

For the next 20 minutes the game appeared to fall in a bit of a lull has the Chasetown players did well to keep their discipline when on the end of some fierce Bromsgrove challenges. It wasn’t until on the half hour before the Scholars had their next serious opportunity, Jack Farmer strode down the right before crossing for Jack Scandrett who flicked the ball on to the on rushing Dan Rock who saw his powerful strike on goal hit the side netting.

Scandrett and O’Callaghan combined on the edge of the box before the latter shot just over as the home side began to up the tempo of the game. However, they were hit with a sucker punch on 40 minutes, as a Blood free kick out wide evaded everyone and to keeper Green’s surprise ended in the back of net.

Chasetown nearly hit straight back as two minutes later Perrow’s low cross just evaded the sliding Scandrett, but the ball broke to Embrey who managed to balloon his effort over the crossbar from five yards.

The Scholars did finally equalise with a minute of the half remaining. A foul on Dean Perrow 25 yards out resulted in O’Callaghan curling the free kick low round the Bromsgrove wall and Mole could only parry it into his own net.

Within a minute a Rock corner was met at the near post by O’Callaghan who flicked the ball into the net giving Mole no chance to make the score 2-1 to Chasetown going into the interval.

Bromsgrove had the best chance of the opening minutes of the second half, Ibhadan crossing for Blood to head on goal from close range which Green saved low down.

Embrey made it 3-1 to the home side on 55 minutes by converting Scandrett’s low cross.

A long clearance from Green was collected by Perrow who beat his marker before striking on goal, but Mole parried and then blocked Rock’s follow-up.

On 58 minutes, Perrow’s sharp turn resulted in Bromsgrove substitute O’Reily fouling the striker just inside the area and it was the first team marksman who picked himself up before powerfully firing the penalty kick down the centre of the goal over the diving Mole.

The visitors pulled a goal back five minutes later when Chaffe’s long range effort was parried by Green, but Blood first to react to slot the ball home to make the score 4-2.

Perrow then restored the home side’s advantage by cutting in from the right and evading several challenges before unleashing his strike into the bottom corner of the net past the diving Mole.

Embrey went close from Rock’s cross before Bromsgrove scored their third goal of the game on 69 minutes. A long ball out of defence resulted in hesitancy in the Chasetown back line which saw Makawa in the clear and he made no mistake striking powerfully home from 20 yards off the underside of crossbar.

O’Callaghan and then Corey Currithers went close from long range either side of the 70 minute mark.

With 74 minutes gone a Rock corner was headed in at the near post by O’Callaghan to complete the midfielder’s hat-trick. Then a few minutes later the Scholars went further ahead when Scandrett made the most of O’Reiley’s misjudgement before striking powerfully high into the net over the shell-shocked visiting keeper Mole to it 7-3 to the home side.

Substitute Lee Wright was giving a Everton a torrid time on the left, beating his man before striking from the corner of penalty area which Mole did well to save low down at his near post.

The scoring was completed on 82 minutes, when O’Callaghan scored his fourth and Chasetown’s eighth, poking the ball home from close range following the visiting defence’s inability to deal with Rock’s free kick from wide on the left.

At the death Lee Smith went close before Currithers strode past the beleaguered Bromsgrove defenders before dragging his effort on goal just wide, despite beating the diving Mole.

Next week’s action for Chasetown Reserves sees them visit Brocton in the JW Hunt Cup Quarter Final on Thursday (April 1), kick off 7.30pm and then next Saturday (April 3) they return to league action when Gresley are the visitors to the Scholars Ground for a 3pm kick off.

Chasetown: Green, Farmer, Rock, Hulin, Horton, Lewis, Embrey, Hawkins (Capt), Scandrett, Perrow, Daniel O’Callaghan.  Subs: Lee Smith (Lewis 46), Currithers (Perrow 68), Westwood, Aiton, Wright (Hawkins 46).

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