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Prospect of FC United tie spurs Chasetown FC midfielder on

Richard Batchelor. Pic: Dave Birt

Richard Batchelor. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC midfielder Richard Batchelor believes the prospect of a clash with FC United of Manchester will spur the Scholars on to victory in their FA Trophy replay against Lancaster City.

Charlie Blakemore’s side were minutes away from booking their place in the next stage on Saturday when Chris Horton’s goal was cancelled out in the dying moments.

But with Lancaster back at the Scholars Ground this evening (October 20) as the two sides try once more to settle the tie.

Midfielder Batchelor is relishing the opportunity of a plum home tie with FC United – the breakaway team formed when Manchester United was taken over by the Glazer family – in the next round. But he also knows the Scholars still have a job to do. He continued:

“Tonight’s game is going to be massive. If we do win then we know we have a great tie in the next round. That sort of draw should drive the lads on and make us want to progress even more.

“If you look at the crowds FC United have it would be great to see their big away following down to Chasetown – it’s those sort of games that all the players want to play in.”

Chasetown's players congratulate Chris Horton on his goal against Lancaster City

Chasetown's players congratulate Chris Horton on his goal against Lancaster City

Although the Scholars were disappointed not to finish the job off at Lancaster, the continued rise of young centre-back Chris Horton was a major positive.

Just a matter of days after making his debut, the defender nodded home what looked like being the winning goal before Lancaster’s late leveller.

But Batchelor believes the early form of Horton shows that the club’s future is in safe hands. He explained:

“Chris is doing superbly and it all seems to be going fantastic for him. Man of the match on Tuesday and a goal on Saturday – what more could you want from your first two games!

“With the likes of Vaughan Thomas and Richard Teesdale out, the fact that Chris can just step into their role without a problem just shows what good youngsters we have coming through. And it proves that the gaffer is confident in playing them.”

Chasetown take on Lancaster City in their FA Trophy replay at the Scholars Ground this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

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