Chasetown FC fail to make chances pay in Market Drayton Town defeat

It was one of those nights for Chasetown FC and any home supporter will wonder how they didn’t make all three points theirs against Market Drayton Town.

Nathan Waite is denied. Pic: Dave Birt

Nathan Waite is denied. Pic: Dave Birt

Inside 15 minutes, Nathan Waite, Stan Mugisha and Jono Gould all had early chances either blocked or just wide of the Market Drayton goal.

As is often the way, the visitors took the lead with their first chance with Thomas Lowe driving home with a crisp shot beyond John Bateman.

Drayton keeper Ash Rawlins made a great save with his face to block Waite from three yards out.

Then, after Paul McMullen could only partly clear from Rawlins he then parried and grasped Gould’s volley at the second attempt.

James Dance battles for the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

James Dance battles for the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

On the hour, Lee Butler crossed from the right and Ryan Wynter saw his header spectacularly saved by Rawlins over for a corner.

Chasetown continued to knock the door and yet again Rawlins denied The Scholars diving to his left to push aside Waite’s low effort and Drayton scrambled away the rebound.

The hosts threw everything forward to force an equaliser leaving them open to the counter attack and twice Simon Everall dragged efforts wide of the post as the Shropshire side endeavoured to wrap up the points.

In the dying seconds of stoppage time Lee Butler received a straight red card.

Chasetown: Bateman, Thompson, Butler, Slater. Francis, Dance, Gould, Davies, Waite, Wynter, Mugisha. Subs not used: Rankin, Haynes, Dell, Griffiths, Opoku.

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