Goals galore as Chasetown FC move back into the play-off places

The goals flowed once more as Chasetown FC picked up another three points at Sheffield FC.

They hit six in a victory there ten months ago and netted another four this time around to move back into the play-off positions.

George Washbourne beats the keeper to double Chasetown's advantage. Pic: Pamela Mullins

George Washbourne beats the keeper to double Chasetown’s advantage. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Played on a heavy pitch and through a hail and snowstorm, both sides created chances in an end to end game.

Sheffield twice went close early on, with Benny Igiehon bringing out top saves from John Bateman whilst the Scholars went close through Nick Turton and Paul Sullivan in an entertaining opening.

The skies darkened as the snow fell and the game sprung to life when Chasetown took the lead seconds after the gloom was illuminated with the floodlights being switched on.

John Bateman saves to deny Sheffield. Pic: Pamela Mullins

John Bateman saves to deny Sheffield. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Six minutes before half time Chasetown broke the deadlock when an accurate ball from Stan Mugisha found Sullivan who curled a beautiful finish along the ground – his 50th strike for the Scholars.

It was no more than the visitors deserved and Dave Stringer’s men grabbed the game by the scruff of the net in a blistering ten minute spell at the start of the second period.

In the 49th minute, George Washbourne scored a fine individual goal taking on his defender and drilling a low shot past Andy Robertson.

Six minutes later it was 3-0 as James Dance tried his luck with a shot that deflected into Turton’s path and the Chase number 9 fired home from deadly close range.

Within a minute the visitors rocked the home side with Sullivan beating the offside trap to go round the keeper to increase Chasetown’s lead to an unassailable 4-0.

Despite the scoring prowess of Sullivan and front-running of Turton, it was Chase keeper Bateman who picked up man of the match – two brilliant saves at 0-0 were matched by two phenomenal saves which had goal written all over them within the last 15 minutes.

First, he pushed wide a goalbound effort from Glyn Cotton and from the resultant corner, Cotton again thought he had scored before Bateman superbly clawed away his effort.

Chasetown: Bateman, Thompson, Edwards (Haynes, 18 mins), Francis, Eze, Brown, Mugisha (Gould, 68 mins), Dance, Turton (Wynter, 79 mins), Sullivan, Washbourne. Sub not used: Williams.