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Hat-trick hero believes dressing room banter is key to Chasetown FC’s form

Chasetown's Dave Egan celebrates his hat-trick against Mickleover Sports. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown's Dave Egan celebrates his hat-trick against Mickleover Sports. Pic: Dave Birt

Hat-trick hero Dave Egan believes the dressing room battle to be top of the scoring charts is behind Chasetown FC’s roaring start to the season.

The Scholars have exceeded all expectations to sit firmly in the top half of the table and have progressed to the next stage of the FA Trophy with a 5-2 win at Mickleover Sports.

Egan fired home a second-half treble in the game, while fellow free-scoring midfielder Ben Jevons also found the net along with evergreen striker Gary Hay.

The Scholars have found goals plentiful from all areas of the park so far this season, with skipper Richard Teesdale getting in on the act by rifling home a last minute leveller against Nantwich Town recently.

And Egan believes the good-natured banter is keeping the Chasetown stars hungry for more.

He told The Lichfield Blog:

“I am absolutely buzzing after Saturday. Keeping hot on the heels of my midfield partner – and rival – Ben Jevons in the scoring stakes is always a bonus.

It’s such good banter we are having and it’s great for the team that we are both scoring, although [strikers] Gary Birch and Dean Perrow are not happy about it. Dean’s said he’s retiring at Christmas if we are still ahead of him!

“And it’s only a matter of time before Richard Teesdale creeps up the scoring charts too because he’s such a threat on set pieces. It’s just a shame his head is shaped like a 50p, though!”

Charlie Blakemore’s men have been able to rediscover some of their cup pedigree in the FA Trophy.

The Scholars’ victory at Mickleover has gone some way to erasing the FA Cup and Walsall Senior Cup misery which saw them fall at the first hurdle in both competitions.

And Egan believes nothing is impossible as Chasetown move a step closer to mixing it with the big boys of non-league football in the Trophy.

He explained:

“It would be really nice to have a good FA Trophy run – and it’s not out of the question that we can reach the final. The thought of playing at Wembley should be spurring everyone on.”

Dave Egan celebrates with his Chasetown team-mates. Pic: Dave Birt

Dave Egan celebrates with his Chasetown team-mates. Pic: Dave Birt

But before Wembley takes centre stage in Chasetown’s minds, the small matter of a local derby against Hednesford Town is on the agenda.

The Scholars entertain the Pitmen tonight (November 2) in the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

And while most knockout competitions might see the fringe players get a run-out, Egan is hoping boss Blakemore sticks to a tried and tested formula for the local derby.

Egan explained:

“I’m really looking forward to playing Hednesford. I just hope the gaffer doesn’t change it too much because I think we all want to play in that game.

“It should be a good local derby and see a good crowd too. It’s also a cup the club’s never won so would be nice to change that.”

Chasetown’s game against Hednesford Town kicks off at 7.45pm at the Scholars Ground.

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