Chasetown FC boss Dave Stringer staying upbeat ahead of Newcastle Town clash

Chasetown FC boss Dave Stringer believes there are plenty of positives for his side to take into tomorrow’s game against Newcastle Town – despite a 3-0 midweek reverse at Hednesford Town.

The Staffordshire Senior Cup clash saw the Scholars knocked out, but the manager praised his players, insisting the scoreline did not reflect how the game progressed.

Action from Hednesford Town v Chasetown. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Action from Hednesford Town v Chasetown. Pic: Pamela Mullins

He said: “I thought we played exceptionally well, especially during the first half.

“We passed it better than them and created more chances. Luck is just not with us at the moment though.”

But the first half was all Stringer saw from the touchline, after being sent to the stands at the break for questioning a challenge on Rhys Thompson.

He said: “It was a blatant foul for me. I don’t know how the ref missed it.

“We got into a bit of a disagreement and he told me to sit in the stands for the second half. I never used any foul or abusive language, I was just very unhappy about the decision.”

Chasetown will entertain another Staffordshire rival tomorrow as Newcastle Town visit the Scholars Ground and Stringer believes it will be another tough test.

“Newcastle are a funny side and have been inconsistent all season, but it will still be a difficult game for us as any game is in this league.

“The cups are always great to do well in and the FA Cup run was very enjoyable. It also helps the club financially – but we’ve suffered a ruck of injuries and it has certainly hindered our league form.”