Defeat on the road at Sheffield ends Chasetown FC’s run of form

Chasetown FC’s run of positive results came to an end on the road at Sheffield.

8-nathan-rooney-in-controlThe hosts almost opened the scoring in the opening minutes. Connor Hall wriggled his way into the penalty area and rattled Curtis Pond’s right hand post.

It was only to be a brief respite as Sheffield took the lead in the 25th minute with a cool finish from Hall from twelve yards.

Four minutes before the break, and The Scholars went two down as Alec Denton picked the ball up outside the area and fired a long range effort beyond Pond.

Chasetown reduced the deficit ten minutes into the second half. A clever back heel from James Dance set Matt Wood free and his low drilled cross was turned home by Charles Weston-Hayles.

Mitch Piggon had a great chance to equalise at the near post but fired wide, while Denton twice went close to his second, firstly drilling wide of the goal and then being denied by a top save from Pond.

Chasetown kept the pressure on and Piggon turned to set up Weston-Hayles who was a whisker away from an equaliser.

Jermaine Johnson saw red for The Scholars for a second bookable offence on the edge of the penalty area.

In stoppage time, Piggon and Weston-Hayles combined again but the latter was denied the equaliser with a superb block by Damian Magee.

Weston-Hayles almost scored in the sixth minute of injury time but Archie Sneath saved right on the line at the substitute’s feet.

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