Chasetown FC suffer pre-season pain against Sutton Coldfield Town

There was a sense of deja-vu for Chasetown FC as they were on the receiving end of a hat-trick for the second time in a week.

Muzzy Nduna on the ball. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Muzzy Nduna on the ball. Pic: Pamela Mullins

David Haworth bagged a first-half treble for Sutton Coldfield Town to match the effort by Walsall’s Mitch Candlin in midweek.

The Royals took the lead after just six minutes as Haworth got his afternoon off to a flying start.

Chasetown almost levelled with a looping header from Jake Lovatt which struck the base of the post.

The Scholars did equalise after a clever free kick. Sutton keeper Sam Arnold handled a back pass and Jake Lovatt passed immediately to Muzzy Nduna who tapped into an empty net.

Sutton regained the lead before the half-hour as Haworth headed home a right wing free kick.

Just before the break, Chasetown keeper Dale Reaney conceded a penalty and Haworth completed his hat trick from the spot.

In the 62nd minute Chasetown got one back. Will Whieldon was fouled on the edge of the area and skipper Jimmy O’Neill launched a fierce free-kick beyond Arnold.

The hosts best chance to share the spoils came when a Clayton Johnson cross saw a Jake Lovatt effort blocked and Frankie Baigent headed over the bar from six yards.

In the final minute, sub keeper Josh Allen got his fingers to an effort from Aron Birch that rattled the Chasetown crossbar.

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