Chasetown FC come from behind at Newcastle Town to maintain play-off charge

Chasetown FC came from behind at Staffordshire rivals Newcastle Town to boost their play-off hopes.

George Washbourne heads home an equaliser for Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

George Washbourne heads home an equaliser for Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

The Scholars made several threats on the home goal but failed to trouble keeper Dave Parton during the first 45 minutes.

The hosts should have broken the deadlock when Dan Cope and Jordan Cole combined but the former shot straight at visiting keeper John Bateman.

Chasetown defender Chris Slater made his 536th appearance, a club record, and was called into action on the half hour to clear the ball off the line to deny Cole.

In the final minute of the opening period Newcastle took the lead when the ball struck the base of the post and Cole tucked home the rebound.

Chasetown go 2-1 in front as Paul Sullivan finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown go 2-1 in front as Paul Sullivan finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt

But the scores were level ten minutes into the second half. George Washbourne swept a majestic crossfield pass to Jed Davies who then sent the ball into the area for Washbourne to head in off the post.

Parton was the busier keeper after the equaliser, first saving from substitute Paul Sullivan and then denying Jed Davies’ effort from outside of the penalty area.

But with 17 minutes remaining, Chasetown opened up the Newcastle defence with a fast paced move involving Richard Davies, Washbourne and Jed Davies. A near post drive was palmed out by Parton and Sullivan followed up from close range to keep The Scholars’ play-off charge on track.

Chasetown: Bateman, Williams, Thompson (Edwards, 53 mins), Slater, Francis, Brown, Washbourne, R Davies, Turton (Robinson, 86 mins), Mugisha (Sullivan, 58 mins), J Davies. Subs not used: Haynes, Pond.

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