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Chasetown FC Reserves 3 Oadby Town Reserves 2

Chasetown FC Reserves sent themselves to the top of the Midland Combination Challenge Bowl Group B table thanks to a narrow victory over Oadby Town’s second string.

The home side started the brighter of the two sides and it did not take long for the opening goal to arrive. A mix-up in the Oadby defence resulted in Chasetown’s Daniel Rock nipping in between goalkeeper and defender to score the opening goal of the game after just nine minutes.

On 20 Minutes Elwell shot narrowly wide from a through ball by Jordan Tams and then a short while later Elwell produced a fine save from the Oadby keeper.

The visitors tried to fight back, but their play, whilst neat and tidy, often broke down when reaching the final third.

On the half-hour mark a corner from Rock caused confusion in the Oadby defence which saw Horton hooking the ball over his shoulder, but his speculative effort struck the visitor’s crossbar.

Afacial injury to Tom Ivers during the first half saw a substitution at the break as Danny O’Callaghan entered the action.

But complacency in the Chasetown defence allowed Oadby forward Joseph-Walker to rob the ball from a defender and place the ball wide of goalkeeper Fryer and into the net for the equalising goal a minute after the restart.

The Scholars restored their lead on the hour after O’Callaghan was tripped in the box. Jack Scandrett stepped up and made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Oadby pressed once more for a leveller and Fryer was forced to tip a 25-yard free-kick over before hesitation at the back nearly saw them peg back Chasetown once more.

But Chasetown stretched their advantage with 70 minutes on the clock when Rock broke from the halfway line and lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

Rock was denied his hat-trick when his looping header from a cross from Vassallo went just over the crossbar.

Chasetown had the opportunity to make the win emphatic with a minute left on the clock as Jamie Elwell put Alex Fletcher through, but despite beating the keeper he saw his goalbound shot cleared by an Oadby defender.

It was the visitors who completed the scoring in stoppage time when a trip by a Chasetown defender gave them the chance from the penalty spot, which they duly took.

The next action for the Scholars Reserves sees them visit Highgate United in a Midland Combination Reserve Division fixture on Saturday (October 17), kicking off at 3pm.

Chasetown: Fryer, Horton, J Elwell, Smith (c), Hulin, Billingham, Tams, Ivers, Scandrett, M Elwell, Rock.  Subs: Fletcher (Scandrett 72), O’Callaghan (Ivers 46), Vassallo (Tams 48), Lewis, Wright.

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