Chasetown FC pre-season continues with win at Sporting Khalsa

Chasetown FC’s pre-season campaign continued with a 1-0 triumph at Sporting Khalsa, writes Lauren Lincoln.

An entertaining first half saw chances at each end, the pick of which came in the 27th minute when John Bateman produced a fantastic save to deny the home side’s Brad Lawley from giving his team the lead when one-one-one with the keeper.

Nick Wellecomme opens the scoring for Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

Nick Wellecomme opens the scoring for Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

At the other end, Chasetown had gone close with a Lee Butler free kick while he also had a shot blocked after a great run by Ramone Stephens.

It was via Stephens that Chasetown took in the lead in the 36th minute. He picked out a pass to Nick Wellecomme, and last year’s leading scorer scored his second goal of pre-season with a close range tap-in.

Bateman, who made one first team appearance for Chasetown last season, preserved the Scholars lead a minute later with a great stop to deny Tom Overfield in another Khalsa attack.

Wellecomme almost doubled his tally following a through ball from substitute Luke Bottomer but one-one-one with James Pemberton, the Khalsa keeper came out on top.

Jazz Luckie went close to adding to Chasetown’s advantage, in a half that the visitors dominated, forcing a low save from Pemberton, who managed to divert the ball far enough away from the onrushing Lee Downes.

Click below to see more of Dave Birt’s pictures from the game: