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Banbury United FC Reserves 0 Chasetown FC Reserves 1

Chasetown FC Reserves returned victorious from their visit to Banbury United after a scrappy encounter at the Spencer Stadium.

The Scholars took the lead within the opening two minutes, a long ball forward from left back Danny Rock was missed by Banbury centre half Pepiatt which left Jack Scandrett in the clear. The striker made no mistake, slotting the ball past the advancing Harding in the home goal to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

A quick throw in by Chad Degville-Cross saw Daniel O’Callaghan’s cross from the right cause confusion in the home penalty area with Banbury’s Goddard nearly converting into his own net, only for keeper Harding to produce a fantastic stop to save his team mate any embarrassment.

On 15 minutes Scandrett robbed Peppiatt and gave the ball to Degville-Cross who in turn played in O’Callaghan, who saw Harding save well from his low shot.

It took until 20 minutes into the game for Banbury to have their opening chance, Eyres cross from the left was missed by a Chasetown defender, but the unmarked Goddard could only head over.

A slide rule pass from Naylor put Lindus in the clear only for the Puritans forward to be deprived the equaliser by Scholars keeper John Green who tipped over the striker’s fierce effort.

The Scholars had the final chance of the half, O’Callaghan’s speculative bicycle kick landing just over the home cross bar.

The second half took a while to get going as the heavens opened and made for some tricky playing conditions. The hard working Scandrett dispossessed defender Shilling and played in O’Callaghan, however the midfielder could only produce a tame effort straight at Harding.

Impressive youth team graduate Degville-Cross had his 20 yard effort saved by Harding in the Puritans goal as Chasetown piled on the pressure.

Just after the hour a long ball from Degville-Cross put Scandrett in the clear, but the forward shot just wide under pressure from defender Pappiatt.

Within a minute of each other Chasetown’s Jamie Hawkins and then substitute Jimmy Welnitschuk forced home keeper Harding into saves.

Neither side could establish any purposeful play as both teams became guilty of conceding possession cheaply as the game descended into a scrappy affair.

In the dying minutes of the game Welnitschuk volleyed just wide from a Chris Horton cross and then Degville-Cross cut in from the right before getting is shot away which Harding did well to stop and hold onto the ball with the Scholars forward line waiting to pounce.

Next week’s action for the Reserves sees them entertain Heather St John’s in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final, kick off at the Scholars Ground is 3pm on Saturday (December 12).

Chasetown: Green, Farmer, Rock, Hulin, Horton, Ivers, Degville-Cross, Daniel O’Callaghan, Scandrett, Hawkins (c), Wright.  Subs: Willets, Welnitschuk (Ivers 64), Westwood (Wright 76), Tom O’Callaghan, Hyden.

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