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Boldmere St Michaels Reserves 3 Chasetown FC Reserves 1

Holders Chasetown Reserves lost their grip on the Challenge Bowl for this season after losing 3-1 to Boldmere on and going out 6-3 on aggregate.

Both sides began in determined mood seeking to book their place in the final against Quorn Reserves.

In only the third minute of the game Scholars defender Jack Farmer was forced to head off his own goal-line after Dunleavy’s towering header beat John Green.

Chasetown hit back when Chris Horton’s long throw in caused confusion in the home defence and a weak clearance fell to Tom Ivors on the edge penalty area, however his strike was comfortably collected by Boldmere keeper Jenkins.

Home forward Thompson gave the visitors a warning of things to come as he broke clear of the Chasetown defence before forcing Green into a diving save to his left from 20 yards.

Chris Lewis then headed narrowly wide from a Jamie Hawkins free kick, before pressure from Jack Scandrett on forced Stone into a hurried clearance which Dan Rock collected before shooting high and wide.

Ivors then had an effort from edge of the area deflected away to safety and then from the resulting corner Horton headed back across the face of the goal to find Daniel O’Callaghan who headed narrowly wide under pressure.

In the 34th minute, the deadlock was broken and it went to the hosts. Gonzales’ corner from the right found Law in the centre of the goal who made no mistake heading past Green from six yards.

The Scholars looked to hit back, Scandrett collected the ball on the edge of the area before turning his marker Mclean, but he dragged his strike the wrong side of Jenkins’s upright.

Boldmere appeared to have put the tie to bed when on 39 minutes Thompson used his strength and pace to get away from Horton before despatching the ball wide of the diving Green and into the bottom corner of the net to make it 2-0 to the home side and 5-2 on aggregate.

Just before half time Thompson was again put in the clear from a Gonzales through ball, but on this occasion Green did well to dive at the forward’s feet and avert further danger.

Rock and then Lewis went close within 10 minutes of the restart to warn their hosts that their place in the final was far from secure.

On the hour, a sliced clearance by Jenkins fell to Rock 30 yards out, returning the ball goal-wards over Jenkins head but ultimately wide of the goal.

Boldmere were now under pressure and it showed when a mix up between Stone and Jenkins nearly let in Dan O’Callaghan but the home keeper recovered to kick the ball out for a corner.

On 67 minutes a quick free kick from the alert Hawkins put substitute Lee Wright through on the right and the young Scholar’s cross turned shot bounced off the bar and away to safety.

It took until the 71st minute for the home side’s opening chance of the half, a measured through ball by Walker put the dangerous Thompson in the clear, but Green was on hand to deny the forward producing a fine stop diving to his left.

With 15 minutes remaining Hawkins chipped ball into the box to enable O’Callaghan to head the ball inside to Scandrett who volleyed past Jenkins on the turn to give Chasetown a lifeline in the tie.

Wright was having some effect down the right and his low cross was just turned past the post by Scandrett with Jenkins watching on in the home goal.

Against the run of play the hosts cemented their final place, hitting the Scholars on the break with ten minutes remaining, a long clearance out of defence found Law on the half way line. He in turn found the un-marked Thompson, his pace got him clear of the last Chasetown defender Farmer before composing himself to slide the ball under the diving Green to make the score on the night 3-1 to and 6-3 on aggregate.

In the remaining minutes O’Callaghan went close from Wright’s cross and then a misunderstanding in the Boldmere defence allowed Scandrett to chip the ball over the stranded Jenkins, but his effort ended the wrong side of the post.

Farmer then stooped low to head goalwards, but Jenkins produced a wonderful save to palm the ball away.

The Scholars Reserves get back to League action on Saturday (March 20th) when they entertain Oadby Town before looking to avenge Wednesday’s defeat when they again visit Boldmere St Michaels this time in the Challenge Trophy Semi Final First Leg on March 24, kick off 7.30pm.

Chasetown: Green, Hulin, Farmer, Lewis, Horton, Ivors, Billingham, Hawkins (Capt), Scandrett, Daniel O’Callaghan, Rock.  Subs: Westwood (Rock 87), Wright (Ivors 59), Larvin, Aiton, Vassallo.

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