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Boldmere St Michaels FC Reserves 1 Chasetown FC Reserves 3

The top two teams from last season went head to head on a blustery afternoon at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.

After a cagey opening ten minutes with neither side gaining any foothold in the game, a Lee Wright corner caused confusion in the home defence, but O’Callaghan’s shot was deflected to safety.

On 15 minutes Boldmere’s Weller broke down the Chasetown left and his deep cross found Gonzales who fired a low shot that was saved low down at his near post by Martin Taylor.

A lofted through ball by Tom Billingham put Jack Scandrett in the clear but a fantastic last ditch saving tackle by Boldmere centre half Darrell sent the ball safely out for a corner.

On 37 minutes a deep cross by Wright found Chasetown debutant Rene Williams. His miss-hit volley fall into the path of Jack Scandrett who produced a low save out of Fenney in the home goal.

On the stroke of half time, strong hold up play by Boldmere’s Law put in Gonzales down the right flank. His driven cross was met by the incoming Weller, but his shot was beaten away by Chasetown goalkeeper Taylor’s feet to keep the game goalless at the break.

In the early exchanges of the second half, Boldmere’s Morton headed over from close range when it seemed easier to score.

On the hour, the visitors were forced into a reshuffle with Tom Ivers replacing the injured Billingham in the Chasetown midfield.

A sliced goal kick from Taylor found Boldmere’s Weller, who returned the ball goalwards, but Chasetown’s keeper recovered well to stop the speculative effort.

Hulin then was forced to head clear from under his own crossbar from the dangerous Weller’s cross has the home side’s pressure mounted.

However it was Scholars captain Chris Lewis who broke the deadlock on 71 minutes after a shot by Jamie Hawkins was blocked by a Boldmere defender and the rebound was diverted into Lewis’s path. He drilled a shot low across the home keeper and into the net off the far post.

A minute later Chasetown were gifted a second when Jack Scandrett was felled in the box. The Scholars man then dusted himself down and sent the resulting penalty kick into the bottom corner of the Boldmere net for his fifth goal of the season.

The home side pulled a goal back on 80 minutes, a corner from the right wasn’t cleared properly and the ball was headed back into the six yard box to find the unmarked Juxon who headed into the net from close range.

The scoring was completed on 83 minutes with the best goal of the game. A foul on Elwell led to a Chasetown free kick 30 yards out. Daniel O’Callaghan took aim and curled the perfect free kick into the top left hand corner past the despairing dive of Fenney in the home goal to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

The victory and all 3 points was nothing more than the hard working Scholars deserved, producing their best performance of the season so far in what was a thoroughly entertaining game.

The next action for the Scholars Reserves sees Heather St John’s visit the Scholars Ground in a Midland Combination Reserve Division fixture on October 31, kicking off at 3pm.

Chasetown: Taylor, Willetts, Rock, Hulin, Lewis (Capt), Billingham, Hawkins, O’Callaghan, Scandrett, Williams, Wright. Subs: Lloyd, Tams (Williams 65), Hyden, Ivers (Billingham 58), Elwell (Wright 80).

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