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Chasetown FC up for Kettering Town FA Trophy test

Chasetown FC face possibly their biggest test of the season so far as Blue Square Premier side Kettering Town visit the Scholars Ground in the First Round Proper of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

The Scholars secured their furthest ever progress in the competition with a 4-0 hammering of Blue Square North side Workington last month, but since then have been frustrated by the wintry weather which has seen their last three matches postponed due to frozen pitches.

The side has however been continuing to train regularly and keep themselves match-fit, and the players should be well fired up to take on the men from Northamptonshire.

Midfielder Richard Davies has seen his loan period from AFC Telford United extended until January 3rd, allowing him to appear not only in this Saturday’s game but also against Retford United and North Ferriby United over the festive period.

Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Chasetown FC

Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Chasetown FC

Manager Charlie Blakemore said:

“I have agreed with AFC Telford Manager Andy Sinton the extension of Richard’s loan for another month. He has been in good form for us and I am really pleased with his attitude and commitment.

“I have always liked Richard after seeing him play several times when he was at Walsall and he has bags of energy and drive. He is gaining valuable experience with us and I am really grateful to Andy at Telford for agreeing to extend his loan.”

As one player stays, however, another leaves with popular Lee Parsons heading southeast to join Zamaretto Midlands side Rugby Town.

Blakemore added:

“Lee was in my very first squad as Chasetown Manager in February 2004 and has been a great player for me and the club. He was cruelly robbed of playing in the FA Cup 3rd round against Cardiff City after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in a game two weeks before the tie.

“He has worked hard to get fully fit again and he needs competitive games at a good level to test his match fitness. He goes with my blessing and I wish him all the best in the future. He is a great lad.”

The challenge of Kettering Town is sure to be welcomed by the Scholars, the Poppies currently lying 16th in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division after a mixed 2010-11 season so far.

Their squad features a number of ex-League players including former Birmingham City star Paul Furlong, England youth international Moses Ashikodi and ex-Walsall man Ian Roper.  This will be the biggest test for Chasetown so far this season, and the side will need all the support they can get.

Kick-off at the Scholars Ground is at 3pm.

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