James Dance was the man of the moment as Chasetown FC returned from Northwich Victoria with all three points.
He took just three minutes to open his side’s account when a long throw from Matt Wood was flicked on by Mitchell Piggon and Dance hooked the ball over goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe.
On the half hour mark it was deja vu as Piggon flicked on another Wood throw in and Dance, on the turn, fired low past Springthorpe.
It was almost 3-0 to Chasetown just before the break when Piggon nipped in ahead of the goalkeeper, but his shot was cleared off the line by Andy Fitzgerald against Springthorpe’s head, but the ball popped up and over the crossbar.
Northwich reduced the deficit eight minutes into the second half when a long range effort from Simon Lakeland flew over keeper John Bateman.
Chasetown soaked up the pressure and restored their two goal cushion when a partially cleared effort fell to Dance who volleyed home his hat-trick from just outside the six yard box.
The Scholars were forced to endure a nervy spell in stoppage time after being reduced to ten men with a minute left when Bateman was sent off. Jamie Hinchcliffe converted the penalty past stand-in keeper Dance, but Chasetown hung on for a 3-2 win.