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Chasetown FC 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7

Jake Kempton opens the scoring. Pic: Dave Birt

Jake Kempton opens the scoring. Pic: Dave Birt

Despite high hopes after holding Aston Villa to a draw the previous week, Chasetown were outplayed by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Scholars were back to full strength after resting several players at the weekend in readiness for Monday’s big match, but although the Evo-Stik Premier men showed one or two flashes of brilliance, the pace and experience of the Wolves side was clear to see.

Wolves played a mixed development squad and began as the favourites, but it was the Scholars who were in attacking mode from the whistle and Dean Perrow had a chance saved by Aaron McCarey in the opening moments.

After three minutes, however, it was the visitors who took the lead when Jake Kempton steered the ball home.

Six minutes later and their lead was doubled, Sam Winnall beating Chris Slater to a through ball and firing in a left-footed shot in off the post.  Chasetown tried to find a way back, forcing two corners but were unable to find the target.

On 23 minutes Andre Landell added a third for Wolves, sending a low left-footed shot into the far corner from the edge of the area, and with the visitors looking even more dominant Nathan Rooney made it four with a right-footed shot into the top corner of the net.

The hosts made several changes at the break as they tried to get back into the game, but once again Wolves were on top from the off, Ashley Hemmings dragging a shot wide after beating Slater before David Davis added a fifth after lobbing substitute keeper Richard Woolley when free in space on the right.

Duncan Swann-Horler scores for Chasetown FC against Wolves. Pic: Dave Birt

Duncan Swann-Horler scores for Chasetown FC against Wolves. Pic: Dave Birt

Wolves continued to impress the large crowd with some lively and attractive football befitting their experience, but on 74 minutes Chasetown pulled a goal back when Duncan Swann-Horler scored with his knee following a good cross from Chris Peel.

Louis Harris makes it 6-1 to Wolves. Pic: Dave Birt

Louis Harris makes it 6-1 to Wolves. Pic: Dave Birt

The Scholars’ celebrations were shortlived, however, as just four minutes later a goalmouth scramble saw Louis Harris find the net at the far post for Wolves’ sixth goal, and in the closing minutes fellow substitute Liam McAlindon sent a left-footed shot past Woolley to complete a dominant victory for the Molineux side, despite the occasional flickering signs of fightback from the Scholars.

Chasetown will now pick themselves up in time for their next friendly, which takes place at Quorn this Saturday (August 7), 3pm kick-off.

Chasetown: Price, Farmer, M Branch, Slater, Saunders, Teesdale (c), Stephens, L Smith, Hay, Perrow, Jevons.  Subs: Ryan (Hay 45), Egan (Jevons 45), Cohen (Farmer 45), D Smith (Stephens 40), Woolley (Price 45), Birch (Perrow 65), Swann-Horler (Saunders 65), Peel (M Branch 45), Gonzales (L Smith 74).
Wolves:
McCarey, Kostrna, Malone, Batth, Dunleavy, Davis, Landell, Rooney, Kempton, Winnall, Hemmings.  Subs: Harris (Landell 73), East, Keane (Dunleavy 45), McAlindon (Kempton 56).

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