Chasetown FC’s hopes of victory are dashed by a familiar face

Lee Butler tries to outmuscle his man. Pic: Dave Birt

Lee Butler tries to outmuscle his man. Pic: Dave Birt

Former Scholar Lee Smith broke the hearts of his ex-team mates with a late strike.

Smith was wide on the Romulus left and drove a 25 yard effort in off the Chasetown post which goalkeeper John Bateman could only stand and watch as the ball looped beyond him.

It was a typical game of two halves. The hosts created next-to-nothing in the first half, giving the ball away cheaply and allowing Chasetown the lion’s share of the possession and the better chances.

Nick Wellecomme and Nathan Waite combined early on and Paul Evans kept out Waite’s header as the visitors put the home side under pressure. Then, Roms left back Cameron Lee let the ball slip under his foot and Waite reacted quickest to fire a low shot to Evans’ right and he got down low to tip the ball around the post.

Nathan Waite is challenged. Pic: Dave Birt

Nathan Waite is challenged. Pic: Dave Birt

Romulus were stronger after the break, denying Chasetown from really getting a shot on target. Their best chance came when substitute Jermaine Johnson chested the ball down in the path of Simon Brown and Evans pushed aside for a corner.

The home side forced John Bateman to tip over his crossbar, when James Reid’s dipping shot looked to have broken the deadlock.

Smith’s winner, seven minutes from time, inflicted Chasetown’s first ever defeat on Sutton’s 3G pitch.

As Chasetown pushed forward for an equaliser, the Roms broke quickly and James Reid had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 but Bateman spread his body to block the attempt.

Romulus: P Evans, R Evans, Lee, Taylor, Frances, Smith, Curley, G Downes, Thorpe, Reid, Meer. Subs not used: Jackson, Migambo, O’Garro, Davis, Nolan.
Chasetown: Bateman, T Evans, Ravenhill, Slater, Robinson, L Downes, Butler, Parsons (Johnson, 81 mins), Wellecomme, Waite (Luckie, 73 mins), Danny J Edwards (Brown, 64 mins). Subs not used: George, Pond.

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