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Chasetown FC Reserves eventually saw off a spirited Brocton side in a local derby at the Scholars Ground.

The Scholars started much the brighter of the two sides, playing some neat football and the opening chance fell to Danny Rock who shot wide from Daniel O’Callaghan’s cross from the right.

A well worked short corner between Daniel O’Callaghan and Jamie Elwell saw the ball cut inside to Rock who forced Brocton goalkeeper Chorley to tip over his 20 yard strike.

Jack Scandrett went close on ten minutes as the home side continued their domination of the opening period of the game.

However, against the run of play, it was the visitors who scored first on 18 minutes, centre forward Miller played in Evans down the Chasetown right, his shot beat home goalkeeper Martin Taylor but struck the upright only for the rebound to fall invitingly for Ellis to slot home from close range.

Scandrett went close again when put in by a Jamie Elwell measured through ball.

The Scholars got a deserved equaliser on 25 minutes, O’Callaghan’s in-swinging corner was met by centre back Christopher Horton who headed high into the visitors net past a stationary Chorley in the visiting goal.

Tom Billingham nearly increased the home side’s lead when getting on the end of keeper Taylor’s clearance but defender Barnard got back to clear before the midfielder could get his shot away.

On 40 minutes Chasetown got themselves in front when Scandrett saw his shot blocked by a Brocton defender and Rock struck the loose ball past the visiting keeper via a slight deflection.

Brocton began the stronger of the two sides after the break as Jack Hulin did well to block Ellis’ powerfully-struck effort on goal.

Visiting centre forward Miller brought the scores level on 51 minutes with a fine solo effort, dribbling past three Chasetown defenders before placing his low shot beyond a wrong-footed Taylor in the home goal.

Miller then blasted over from Evans’ through ball as the pressure began to mount on the home side. On the hour Brocton goalkeeper Chorley could only watch as Horton’s high ball into the box hit the frame of the goal and bounced away to safety.

Scandrett volleyed just wide from O’Callaghan’s corner before Brocton’s Brown blazed over from the edge of the area as both sides went for the win.

A mazy run from young substitute Lee Wright saw the left winger pull the ball back to O’Callaghan on the edge of the area, but the midfielder shot high over the visitor’s bar.

On 74 minutes O’Callaghan spread the ball out to Wright whose cross just evaded the head of Scandrett only for substitute Chad Degville-Cross to have his volley well saved by Chorley.

The Scholars got the themselves back in front on 78 minutes with the best goal of the game, a fine passing move between O’Callaghan, Scandrett and Wright, saw Wright cut inside and shoot powerfully past  the diving Chorley from 20 yards.

Tom Ivers played in Degville-Cross down the visitor’s left and the young right winger’s cross from the by-line found the unmarked Scandrett who volleyed just over from close range.

The final chance of the game saw Brocton’s Chorley paw away a Jamie Hawkins strike from 25 yards.

Next week’s action for the Scholars Reserves sees them visit Banbury United in the league on Saturday (November 5), kick off at 3pm.

Chasetown: Taylor, Lewis, Elwell, Hulin, Horton, Billingham, Welnitschuk, Daniel O’Callaghan, Scandrett, Hawkins (c), Rock.  Subs: Ivers (Billingham 76), Degville-Cross (Welnitschuk 74), Wright (Elwell 64), Tom O’Callaghan.

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