Chasetown FC’s FA Cup run ended in extra time by Rugby Town

The Rugby goal comes under pressure. Pic: Pamela Mullins

The Rugby goal comes under pressure. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Chasetown FC suffered the agony of an extra-time defeat as their FA Cup campaign came to a premature end against Rugby Town.

The visitors shocked their hosts with a goal inside the first minute when David Kolodynski drove a shot in the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Chasetown had a perfect opportunity to level when Richard Davies was fouled by Mason Rowley but Simon Brown’s penalty came back off the underside of the crossbar with goalkeeper Niall Cooper beaten.

The Scholars levelled before half time when Brown crossed for Nathan Waite who shot on the turn and fired beyond the dive of Cooper.

Chasetown were dominant at the star of the second half and midfielder Lee Parsons produced a low save from Cooper, diving to his left to concede a corner.

A succession of second half corners kept the Warwickshire side under intense pressure. Nick Wellecomme headed narrowly wide of goal from one set piece, while Waite forced Cooper into a diving save to keep the scores level with Rugby skipper Alex Gudger quickest to the ball to clear the danger.

Simon Brown stands firm to thwart a Rugby attack. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Simon Brown stands firm to thwart a Rugby attack. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Rugby took control of extra time and Kolodynski netted from close range for his and Rugby’s second seven minutes after the start of the additional period.

The result was settled when Chasetown keeper John Bateman dashed out to try and deny another Rugby attack but Kolodynski got to the ball first and completed his hat trick into an empty net.

Bateman was at full length to deny an effort from Kyle Bishop, with James Jepson blazing the rebound high over the bar as the visitors looked more likely to add to their score.

The home side were deflated when the third Rugby goal went in and never really threatened Cooper again in the second period of extra-time.

Chasetown: Bateman, Johnson, Ravenhill, Slater, Dallison, Downes, Brown (Edwards, 105 mins), Parsons, Wellecomme (Lees, 103 mins), Waite, Davies (Butler, 90 mins). Subs not used: Evans, Robinson, Haynes, Pond.
Rugby Town: Cooper, Austin, Kelly, Rowley, Gudger (Simpson, 92 mins), Blythe, Grocutt, Jepson, Kolodynski, Youngs (Bishop, 100 mins), Marsden (George, 82 mins). Subs not used: Weale, Lake-Gaskin.

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