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FA Cup heroics make Chasetown FC the team to beat, says midfielder

Chasetown's players celebrate after their game against Cardiff. Pic: The Birmingham Post and Mail

Chasetown's players celebrate after their game against Cardiff. Pic: The Birmingham Post and Mail

Chasetown FC’s FA Cup pedigree has made them the team to beat for many non-league clubs, according to midfielder Ben Jevons.

Charlie Blakemore’s men achieved national fame after a run in the famous competition in 2005 when they took Oldham Athletic to a replay after drawing 1-1 in a televised game at The Scholars Ground.

And they further enhanced their reputation in 2007 when Port Vale were dumped out of the competition thanks to a dramatic Danny Smith goal before their historic third round game against Cardiff City.

But despite their undoubted giant-killing pedigree, the Scholars were unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup after falling at the first hurdle against AFC Wulfrunians.

It’s a fate that midfielder Jevons isn’t keen to repeat when Chasetown travel to Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday (September 11). He said:

“The FA Cup is great for Chasetown, but with our history we are up there to be shot at, so any game in the Cup will be hard for us.”

Danny Smith scores against Port Vale. Pic: The Birmingham Post and Mail

Danny Smith scores against Port Vale. Pic: The Birmingham Post and Mail

Jevons will be experiencing his first taste of FA Cup football in a Chasetown shirt following his move from Rushall Olympic earlier this year.

And he admits that another good Cup run might help him take the bragging rights from one of his team-mates. He joked:

“Danny Smith probably reminds me the most about his involvement in the FA Cup because he scored a few important goals in one run. But we have some good banter about it and he is a top lad.”

Chasetown game at Kidsgrove kicks off at 3pm.

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