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We always believed we could beat Workington, says Chasetown FC midfielder

Chasetown FC players celebrate after scoring against Workington. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC players celebrate after scoring against Workington. Pic: Dave Birt

Midfielder Dave Egan has revealed the Chasetown FC dressing room always believed they could upset the odds to beat Workington in the FA Trophy.

Despite being a division higher than the Scholars, the Reds never looked like getting anything from the game as Chasetown romped to a 4-0 replay win.

A brace from Gary Hay, one from Ramone Stephens and a Grant Ryan strike were enough to secure a lucrative home tie with Kettering Town in the first round proper of the competition.

But Chasetown’s influential midfielder admits that while the scoreline may have been a surprise to many, the outcome was not.

He told The Lichfield Blog:

“It was an amazing night, but I think we all knew we could do it after Saturday. In the first half we absolutely battered them, but it’s about taking your chances.

“Thankfully, we managed to take some of ours and we could have had seven or eight easy.”

The game sparked memories of Chasetown’s famous FA Cup runs and with Conference National outfit Kettering visiting the Scholars Ground on December 11, Charlie Blakemore’s men will have the opportunity to continue their giant-killing exploits.

The Poppies boast a number of ex-Football League stars in their ranks including ex-Birmingham City striker Paul Furlong, one-time Walsall defender Ian Roper and former Luton full-back Sol Davis.

But despite their impressive squad list, Egan believes there is no reason why the Scholars can’t unsettle their higher league opponents.

He explained:

“I can’t wait for the next round. On the form we showed against Workington when everyone is working so hard I fancy us against anyone.

“We don’t give teams a chance to play and our pace and energy will mean that we always create chances.

“It would be amazing for us to go on a good run in this competition.”

The Scholars won’t have long to enjoy their FA Trophy success as they return to league action on Saturday (November 27) with home clash against Whitby Town.

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