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Tipton Town 2 Chasetown FC 0

A youthful Chasetown line-up fought hard but lost out 2-0 in their friendly at Tipton Town.

The side made wholesale changes to the side which drew with Romulus the previous evening, with only four of those present on Tuesday included in the squad, but at no stage was this a handicap despite many players’ lack of experience.

In slightly drier conditions than those experienced in the Romulus game, proceedings began in lively fashion with the young Scholars side displaying some neat passing and positioning in midfield.

Jack Haynes headed away a corner on 12 minutes and was proving a reliable figure at right-back, while Lee Smith was getting stuck in in the centre. 

The Scholars went close from a Dan Rock free kick in the 19th minute, after which tempers began to fray slightly in the Tipton defence.

The Scholars displayed some good play in the air to keep out a corner on 31 minutes, while attacking runs were halted by home keeper Wesley Cox.

Tipton took the lead on 38 minutes when a free kick from the right was calmly headed over debutant goalkeeper Jordan Money by unchallenged skipper Ross Brown.

The response from Chasetown was immediate and Cox did well to palm a shot away for a corner which he almost spilled, and play became more physical up to the break.

After a similar start to the second half Rock’s free kick was deflected away and Lee Greenway headed just over the bar.

Former Scholar Richard Huckfield led the home side’s response, going close with a header three minutes later.

Jared McGivern was next to go close, forcing Cox to push his effort round the post for a corner which Lee Smith came close to converting, but the action then rushed to the other end of the pitch, Chris Morris crossing from the right allowing fellow substitute Curtis Turner to lob the ball over Money and double Town’s lead.

McGivern and Alex Woodhouse went close with headers but the tide in midfield had now turned in Tipton’s favour, prompting the visitors to introduce Cory Currithers and Jordan Tams.

Mark Wiggins replaced Money in goal and stopped an attack from Chris Morris in the 80th minute, before Currithers’ shot was saved by Cox and Woodhouse forced the keeper to dive with a low shot from 15 yards.

Smith prevented Turner from completing his double in the closing minutes after a Morris cross, and two more Scholars chances failed to find the target.

Chasetown next visit last season’s promotion rivals Leamington on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Tipton: Cox, Bowen (Hill 72), Huckfield, Bate, Parker, Brown (c), Campbell (Martin 45), Wells (Russell 70), S Pugh (Morris 45), Jones (C Turner 58), N Pugh.
Chasetown: Money (Wiggins 77), Haynes (Currithers 77), Rock, Lewis (c), Horton, Hulin (Harding 62), L Smith, Greenway, McGivern, Scandrett (Tams 75), Woodhouse.  Not used: Allen, A Turner.

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