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Bromsgrove Rovers FC Reserves 0 Chasetown FC Reserves 3

Chasetown FC Reserves returned to the top of the League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bromsgrove Rovers.

Despite six changes to the previous games starting line the Reserves began in determined fashion, as early as the fourth minute Jack Scandrett turned his marker Westwood and the ball broke to Daniel O’Callaghan but the midfielder dragged his effort wide.

A minute later Scandrett’s strike was pushed out by Bridle in the Bromsgrove goal but only to Corey Currithers who saw his follow up effort cleared off the goal-line by Westwood.

Lee Wright then cut in from the left and unleashed a strike on goal which Bridle held onto low down. Shortly afterwards Currithers rounded Westwood and cut the ball back for Scandrett, but his flicked effort went just over.

A Jamie Hawkins corner was powerfully headed over by Chris Lewis before Wright combined well with Neil Aulton down the left before testing Bridle from 20 yards.

Scandrett saw his looping volley fall just the wrong side of the cross bar as the Scholars totally dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game. And their efforts were rewarded in the 21st minute when Westwood’s headed clearance bounced off the back of Scandrett’s head and fell fortunately into the path of Daniel O’Callaghan whose shot bounced up off the hard pitch and over the despairing dive of keeper Bridle.

It was nearly 2-0 when Lee Smith pounced on a loose ball before beating Everton and then unleashing a powerful strike on goal, but his effort went narrowly wide.

The Scholars did score their second in the 32nd minute with the best move of the game. Lee Smith’s flighted cross-field ball found the unmarked Currithers on the right and his cushioned header inside allowed Scandrett to deftly head past the despairing Bridle.

A few moments later Scandrett beat both Price and Ward before striking on goal, but Bridle blocked with his feet at the near post.

In the 37th minute, captain Chasetown captain Hawkins made it 3-0 to the Scholars, exchanging passes with O’Callaghan before playing a neat one-two with Scandrett on the edge of the penalty area which allowed him to slot the ball wide of the advancing Bridle.

On the stroke of half time Scandrett was denied by keeper Bridle who was out quickly to block the striker’s effort after good work by Currithers on the right.

To their credit, the home side came out fighting at the start of the second half. In the 48th minute Perry had their first effort of the game, hooking the ball over the advancing Scholars keeper John Green, but full debutant Josh Pammenter was on hand to clear the ball to safety.

A minute later Perry had another strike on goal from 20 yards which John Green saved low down.

Chasetown resumed normal service though and nearly added a fourth when Currithers’ cross ballooned up off Price to allow O’Callaghan to head on goal but his tame effort was comfortably collected by Bridle.

O’Callaghan and Currithers then combined well again before the latter’s measured through ball put Jack Scandrett in the clear but Bridle was quick off his line to block.

On 67 minutes Wright caused havoc down the Bromsgrove left as he travelled across the edge of the box before striking powerfully on goal which Bridle superbly turned round his right hand post.

Hawkins then put Currithers in on goal, but despite lobbing keeper Bridle the ball fell agonisingly the wrong side of the upright.

On 78 minutes substitute Drew Aiton tested Bridle with a rasping volley from 20 yards and then the youngster was denied again by the busy Bromsgrove keeper having been put through on goal by Tom Ivers.

Chad Degville-Cross combined well with Ivers before shooting at Bridle from 15 yards, then a minute later Aiton’s dipping effort landed just over the Bromsgrove cross bar.

In the final minute Chafle shot tamely at Scholars stopper Green before centre half Pammenter headed just wide from Wright’s in-swinging free kick.

It’s a busy week for Chasetown Reserves – today (April 12) they host Boldmere St Michaels in the Challenge Trophy Semi-Final (2nd Leg), kick off 7.45pm, then on Thursday (April 15) Brocton are the visitors to the Scholars Ground in the JW Hunt Cup Quarter Final kick off 7.45pm. Next Saturday (April 17) they return to league action when they visit Gresley for a 3pm kick off.

Chasetown: Green, Thomas O’Callaghan, Aulton, Lewis, Pammenter, Lee Smith, Daniel O’Callaghan, Hawkins (Capt), Scandrett, Currithers, Wright.  Subs: Aiton (Daniel O’Callaghan 70), Ivers (Hawkins 76), Degville-Cross (Scandrett 63), Swann, Vassallo.

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