Penalties prove a pain as Chasetown FC lose out in the Staffordshire Senior Cup final against Stoke City

Chasetown FC made Stoke City work hard for their Staffordshire Senior Cup win – forcing the professional club to come from behind in normal time to eventually secure the victory on penalties.

Matthew Gardner puts Chasetown in front. Pic: Dave Birt

Matthew Gardner puts Chasetown in front. Pic: Dave Birt

The Scholars made a dream start with a goal after just four minutes. Matthew Gardner – who scored twice on his full debut at the weekend – got on the end of a ball into the box and confidently side footed past Harry Isted.

Stoke were a whisker away from an equaliser when Ryan Hill’s deflected effort looped up and Curtis Pond had scurrying back to fingertip over the bar.

The Potters continued to pressurise the non-leaguers and Dominic Telford received the ball from a Hill flick on and fired into the side netting from a tight angle.

Stoke got even closer three minutes before half time. A speculative effort from Danny Jarvis had Pond rooted to the spot but the ball rebounded off the Scholars crossbar.

Another chance was spurned at the start of the second half. Tyrese Campbell was clean through and goal side of the Chasetown defence but recklessly fired over the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.

Harry Souttar levels for Stoke. Pic: Dave Birt

The Scholars made a couple of substitutions to freshen up and had a spell of pressure that saw Jack Langston fire into the side netting and Josh Ruff fired on target but straight at Istead.

A minute into four minutes of stoppage time Stoke finally drew level with a left wing corner that was powered home by lanky centre half Harry Souttar.

But with neither side able to find a winner, it was left to the lottery of penalties. Jack Langston was first to see his spot kick saved, but keeper Pond levelled things up with a stop to deny Campbell.

However, James Dance’s miss with the final penalty allowed Jack Devlin to seal the win for the Potters.

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