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Chasetown FC Youth 3 Shrewsbury Town FC Youth 2

Goalkeeper Mark Wiggins was the hero for Chasetown’s youth side as they defeated Shrewsbury Town 3-2 in their Midland Youth Cup tie at the Scholars Ground.

Wiggins saved two penalties as the young Scholars overcame a quick and physical Shrews side, with Chad Degville, Max Black and Jordan Archer their three scorers.

The home side were ahead after only four minutes, with Degville sweeping in from the right after Shrews keeper Jordan Nixon had dived to palm away a shot from Andy Westwood, but the keeper could not cover Degville’s shot across the face of goal and the ball nestled in the far corner.

After a stop-start period of play with Shrewsbury forwards Cameron Broadway and Luke Male looking threatening, David Leese caught the latter when he was on a run into the box and a penalty resulted.  Skipper Male stepped up to take the kick, but keeper Wiggins dived to his right to make a fine save and the defence cleared the rebound.

The Scholars defence continued to work hard but on 34 minutes a long ball found Male unmarked and this time he beat Wiggins to draw his side level.

Shrewsbury were still displaying good pace as the second half began, Wiggins forced into a diving save by Kane Cork early on, but on 53 minutes the hosts’ lead was restored as Black got his head to a Dan Scragg free kick and the ball flew past Nixon into the far corner.

Cork saw several chances narrowly fail to hit the target as the visitors fought back with some physical play with Broadway also shooting wide on 67 minutes, but one minute later half time substitute Archer cut round two defenders and Nixon, the keeper flattening himself but Archer’s shot had already evaded him for a fine goal.

Jack Farmer headed a Shrewsbury corner over the bar on 72 minutes before a disputed penalty was awarded and Male stepped up again hoping for a change of fortune.  The Shrews skipper reckoned without Wiggins, however, and the Chase keeper saved again – shades of Lee Evans in a certain famous FA Cup tie!

The visitors did pull one back in the last minute when Male found a gap at his near post, but were reduced to ten men moments later when Broadway was sent off for a challenge on Wiggins and the Scholars went through to meet Chesterfield in the next round.

Chasetown: Wiggins, Farmer, Leese, Black, Hulin, Horton, Robinson, Westwood, Cogger, Scragg, Degville.  Subs: Evans (Leese 45), Brown, Ologitere, Hardiman, Archer (Cogger 45).
Shrewsbury: Nixon, Armstrong, Edmunds, Woods, Recci, Goldson, Evans, Turner, Broadway, Cork, Male.  Subs: Fletcher, Burton, Holyoak, Hall, Gwilliams.

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