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Chasetown FC Reserves 2 Brocton FC 1

Chasetown FC Reserves put the disappointment of their Challenge Trophy Semi-Final defeat behind them by beating Midland Combination Premier Division outfit Brocton in the JW Hunt Cup.

The win keeps the Scholars on track for a Molineux final, with a semi-final against a Stafford Town side featuring Scholars old boys Paul McMahon, Craig Holland and Dave Woodvine.

Visiting Brocton started much the brighter of the two sides, after only two minutes a long throw from Tonks caused confusion in the Scholars back line with Joyes pouncing on the loose ball and firing on goal. Keeper John Green was grateful as the effort went straight at him.

A couple of minutes later Fife and Hulme combined down the left before the latter delivered a teasing ball which Paul Larvin did well to clear.

Chasetown hit back on eight minutes when Jack Farmer and Jamie Hawkins combined to set up Daniel O’Callaghan to strike on goal from 20 yards, but visiting keeper Shezper comfortably collected.

A misjudgement by Jack Hulin from a high ball allowed Fife to break forward, but as Paul Larvin came across to block the ball struck the defender’s outstretched arm. Luckily for the home side referee Rowley waved away the strong protests.

Brocton deservedly went in front on 19 minutes. A searching ball from Tonks out wide on the left found Scott who pulled off his marker Richard Teesdale to create space before heading into the bottom corner of the net past the stationary Green.

The goal unsettled the Chasetown defence and a poor clearance fell for Fife to strike on goal which Green collected low down.

On 25 minutes a rasping volley by Lee Smith was pushed out by Shezper with Jack Scandrett firing over the rebound on the stretch from close range.

Brocton forward Fox was then denied a strike on goal by the alert Jack Farmer after more hesitancy in the Scholars back line.

Close on the half hour mark Scott saw his effort on goal go just wide and then a Hulme free kick was comfortably held by Green, before a Tonks strike went straight at the Scholars keeper as the visitors rallied.

On 35 minutes a Farmer raid down the Brocton left saw the young defender deliver an inviting ball into the visiting box, but Dean Perrow was denied by a sliding challenge from a Brocton defender. From the resulting corner the home side got on level terms. Hawkins’ in-swinging corner from the left was headed powerfully into the back of the Brocton net by Lee Smith.

On the stroke of half time Daniel O’Callaghan’s long range effort sailed just wide of the visitor’s upright.

A cagey start to the second half resulted in few chances for either side with the play often littered with needless fouls from both sides.

On 53 minutes Perrow strode into the visiting box and unleashed a powerful drive which Shezper pushed away at his near post.

A couple of minutes later a long throw in from Neil Aulton caused confusion in the Badgers defence with the ball falling to Smith to strike on goal, but Crowley cleared off his own goal line with Shezper beaten.

Chasetown began to enjoy a period of sustained pressure around the hour mark with Hawkins finding Farmer free on the left. The young full back unleashed a powerful volley from the corner of the penalty area which produced a magnificent save from Shezper.

The home side took a deserved lead on 66 minutes when another long throw into the visiting penalty area by Aulton was deftly flicked on by Teesdale for Perrow to poke the ball past Shezper from close range.

Brocton had a great chance to equalise in the 72nd minute when complacency at the back saw Fife hook the ball over keeper Green from close to the by-line, but luckily Farmer was there to clear to safety from off his own goal-line.

In the dying minutes Hawkins fed O’Callaghan out wide and his first time cross landed just over the bar with Shezper looking on.

Chasetown now meet Stafford Town in the Semi-Final on April 29 (Kick Off 7.30pm) at Goodrich (Wolverhampton) for a place in the Molinuex final. Tickets for the Semi-Final are available at the Football Club priced £2 each with all proceeds going to the Beacon Centre for the Blind.

The Scholars Reserves will next be in action on Saturday (April 17th) away to Barwell in the league (3pm kick off), before facing Boldmere St Michaels again on Tuesday (April 20th), with  a 7.45pm kick off at the Scholars Ground.

Chasetown: Green, Farmer, Aulton, Larvin, Teesdale, Hulin, Lee Smith, Hawkins (Capt), Scandrett, Perrow, Daniel O’Callaghan. Subs: Degville-Cross, Wright, Currithers (Scandrett 75), Ivers, Swann.

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