Chasetown FC pay the penalty again against Evesham United in the FA Trophy

There was a sense of deja-vu for Chasetown FC as a penalty cost them a place in the next round of the FA Trophy.

Evesham had forced last night’s replay after netting a late spot kick in the original fixture on Saturday – and found the net from 12 yards to win this game.

Evesham's Matt Sysum scores from the penalty spot. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Evesham’s Matt Sysum scores from the penalty spot. Pic: Pamela Mullins

It looked as though the Scholars might finish the job when Chasetown took the game by the scruff of its neck and deservedly took the lead in the 20th minute. Joe Halsall broke up an Evesham attack and fed James Dance who in turn set up Ryan Wynter to fire an unstoppable shot beyond goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer.

Nick Turton on the ball. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Nick Turton on the ball. Pic: Pamela Mullins

It was almost 2-0 when Jono Gould was denied by a defender’s block from close range and when the loose ball squirmed back to Gould, Sawyer kicked clear the winger’s rebound.

But the second period saw the home side revitalised and they levelled eight minutes after the restart when Lance Smith slipped the ball through to Adam Mann who fired beyond John Bateman.

The Robins took the lead after a defensive mix up saw Mann tripped and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. As per the original game, skipper Matt Sysum stepped up and sent Bateman the wrong way.

Chasetown had to soak up a lot of home pressure but went close to levelling when a counter-attack from substitute Garfield Robinson saw him fire a whisker wide of the upright.

The hosts thought they had added a third but a foul on Bateman cut short their celebrations.

Chasetown were unable to find an equaliser and it’s the hosts who earned a home tie against near neighbours Redditch United in the next round.

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