Chasetown FC come from behind to secure a point against Newcastle Town

Newcastle Town must be wondering what they need to do to overcome Chasetown FC this season.

After a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup and dominating large periods of the replay that they eventually lost – and they dominated large parts of this league fixture and were denied by a brilliant late goal-line clearance.

Simon Brown scores from the penalty spot. Pic: Dave Birt

Simon Brown scores from the penalty spot. Pic: Dave Birt

An early chance to Nick Wellecomme was all that came from the Scholars number nine as he limped out of the action after just eight minutes with a groin strain to be replaced by Simon Brown.

Without him, Chasetown struggled to keep the ball up front, although the visitors did have a lucky escape when a Lee Butler cross eluded Nathan Waite and ricocheted off defender James Askey and safely into the hands of Adam Alcock.

Matthew Lowe scores from the penalty spot for Newcastle. Pic: Dave Birt

Matthew Lowe scores from the penalty spot for Newcastle. Pic: Dave Birt

Newcastle had the majority of shots in the first half, but didn’t find the breakthrough until the the 54th minute when Dexter Ravenhill was adjudged to have tripped Ben Mills and Matthew Lowe sent John Bateman the wrong way from the penalty spot.

The home side were a whisker away from levelling when a Brown free kick thundered narrowly over the crossbar.

Another free kick midway through the half saw full back Todd Evans test Alcock, but the visiting keeper stood firm.

Chasetown eventually levelled 14 minutes from time when Brown was sent tumbling by Alcock as he pushed the ball beyond the keeper. The stopper received a yellow card and Brown himself sent a powerful penalty into the roof of the net.

Late on, John Gordon fired goalwards and beyond Bateman but somehow skipper Chris Slater got back to wrap his foot around the ball and clear off the line.

Chasetown: Bateman, Evans, Ravenhill, Slater, Dallison, Downes, Butler, Parsons, Wellecomme (Brown, 8 mins), Waite, Edwards (Lees, 83 mins). Subs not used: Johnson, Davies, Pond.
Newcastle Town: Alcock, Askey, Bridge, Dicken, Parkinson, Lowe, Urwin, France (Gordon, 78 mins), Mills (Cole, 80 mins), Sanders, Thompson (Osbourne, 83 mins). Sub not used: Ashman.

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