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Chasetown FC 0 Aston Villa 0

Ramone Stephens tries to get away from his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

Ramone Stephens tries to get away from his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

The score may have been 0-0, but it was certainly not for lack of action as Chasetown and Aston Villa served up a hugely entertaining pre-season friendly at the Scholars Ground.

Before a large crowd of more than 600, a Villa side consisting principally of reserves proved a great match for the ever-improving Scholars, and some very lively play and plenty of chances resulted.

The Scholars certainly did not appear overawed by their opposition in the opening minutes as both sides worked hard, Chris Slater looking good for the home side in defence.

Villa were first to find the net in the 14th minute when Connor Taylor jinked the ball past Ryan Price but the flag was up for offside, while Gary Birch shot wide for the Scholars three minutes later.

Harry Forrester was next to go close for the Villa with two shots in quick succession, but Chasetown were looking far from outclassed and had the majority of possession through the first half.

Slater continued to impress in defence, ending an attack by Barry Bannan just past the half hour, and Ramone Stephens combined with John Branch well down the right but Ellis Deeney was able to counter their efforts in the run-up to the break.

Substitute Michael Drennan was the main danger for Villa in the early second half forcing Price into a fine double save, while both sides made wholesale changes in an effort to break the deadlock.

Chasetown lost young gun Jack Farmer after taking a knock just past the hour, and the visitors began to show increased pace with Price tested on several occasions.

Two new faces were brought on by the Scholars in the shape of Matty Cohen and Andre Gonzalez, and the side continued to display lively passing and attacking football, Dave Egan displaying similar form to that which he showed at Romulus on Saturday.

Chris Horton keeps his eye on the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

Chris Horton keeps his eye on the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

In the closing stages Birch and Egan both went close but Villa substitute Durrell Berry denied them along with keeper Ben Siegriest, and the deadlock would remain until the final whistle.

Chasetown are next in action this Thursday (July 29) as they visit Loughborough Dynamo (7.45pm) before travelling to Rocester on Saturday (3pm).

Chasetown: Price, J Branch, M Branch, Slater, Saunders, Teesdale (c), Swann-Horler, Egan, Birch, D Smith, Stephens.  Subs: Farmer (Slater 45), Peel (M Branch 45), Cohen (J Branch 45), Richardson (Farmer 62), Faultless (GK) (Price 75), Horton (Teesdale 60), Parsons (Saunders 60), Hay, L Smith (Swann-Horler 60), Gonzalez (Stephens 67).
Villa: Parrish, Lichaj, Deeney, Hogg, Clark (c), Lowry, Forrester, Carruthers, Taylor, Bannan, Cameron.  Subs: Berry (Deeney 45), Halfhuid (Forrester 75), Flanigan (Lichaj 45), Johnson (Carruthers 45), Williams (Lowry 75), Burke (Bannan 45), Drennan (Cameron 45), Darkin (Clark 68), Devine, Nelson-Addy (Taylor 45), Siegriest (GK) (Parrish 77).

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1 Comment

  1. David

    19th January, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Chasetown beat Grimsby Town in the FA Cup.

    we are a community football club,
    come and have a look if you think you are hard enough.