Chasetown FC play-off hopes dented by Shaw Lane Aquaforce

Skipper Chris Slater became the first person in Chasetown FC’s history to play 400 league games for the club – but his side suffered a play-off setback against title chasing Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

John Bateman  can't keep out James Walshaw's strike. Pic: Dave Birt

John Bateman can’t keep out James Walshaw’s strike. Pic: Dave Birt

The Barnsley side took the lead after just four minutes with a quick attack that caught The Scholars out and when the ball ran into the path of James Walshaw he drilled a left foot shot past John Bateman.

Chasetown almost levelled with a Francino Francis header which was plucked out of the air by Tom Morgan as the home side responded immediately.

Gavin Allott scores for Shaw Lane Aquafoce. Pic: Dave Birt

Gavin Allott scores for Shaw Lane Aquafoce. Pic: Dave Birt

But the Yorkshiremen made it 2-0 before 20 minutes had arrived on the clock as the visitors broke quickly and Gavin Allott stole in to net from close range.

Chasetown’s Paul Sullivan had a goal disallowed for the tightest of offside decisions in a dramatic opening quarter of the game.

Sullivan brought the Scholars back into it four minutes before half time though, seizing onto a through ball from midfield and casually lifting the ball over Morgan.

Francis was a whisker away with a header from a corner as Chasetown started the second half brightly and Jed Davies curled a dipping free kick inches over the bar as Dave Stringer’s men took charge.

Paul Sullivan scores for Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

Paul Sullivan scores for Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

On the break, Shaw Lane should have given themselves some daylight but skipper Matt Thornhill blazed a shot off target with just Bateman to beat.

Despite their best efforts, Chasetown were unable to force an equaliser and Shaw Lane remain in a fight with Stafford Rangers at the top.

Chasetown: Bateman, Williams, Thompson, Slater, Francis (Mugisha, 89 mins), Brown, Washbourne (Turton, 28 mins), R Davies (Adaggio, 57 mins), Dance, Sullivan, J Davies.