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Midfielder hails Chasetown FC’s team spirit after another giant-killing

Chasetown players and officials celebrate in the dressing room. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown players and officials celebrate in the dressing room. Pic: Dave Birt

Midfielder Dave Egan believes Kettering Town discovered just how “horrible” Chasetown FC are to play against after the Scholars pulled off another giant-killing act.

Charlie Blakemore’s side set up a plum home tie against former Football League club Grimsby Town in the next round after Grant Ryan’s winner in the dying moments of injury earned the Scholars a 2-1 win over the Poppies.

Despite facing their higher-ranked opponents on their own ground after a 3-3 draw in the initial tie, Chasetown went toe-to-toe with Kettering, coming from a goal down and missing a penalty on their way to the win.

And Egan believes it is the dressing room spirit that has seen the Scholars through. He explained:

“Some of us – me more than anyone – may not have the greatest ability, but as a whole team we graft hard and don’t give teams a second.

“We must be horrible to play against. That’s why we always have a chance no matter who we play. Our team spirit is unbelievable – to go 1-0 down when we could barely run any longer and still come back was amazing.

“I think the fans may have thought it was our chance gone on Saturday but as players we were so confident. We were all looking forward to it and really believed we would win as long as we worked hard.”

Chasetown's fans celebrate. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown's fans celebrate. Pic: Dave Birt

Jubilant scenes at the final whistle saw the players celebrating with the travelling contingent of supporters.

And the celebrations didn’t stop all the way back to Staffordshire as the Chasetown players embarked on their tradition of performing a song for their team-mates.

Egan explained:

“Singing on the pitch with the fans was great, then we went mad in the changing room and then the bus journey home was brilliant!

“We heard a few good songs from the new lads – and we also heard the worst we’ve ever had from Johaine Thompson. Even Ramone Stephens, who gets fined every away trip for not singing, got up and did a rap.

“That shows how good the win felt!”

The Scholars will now entertain Grimsby Town on January 15. But they will turn to league action before then, starting with a trip to Burscough on Saturday (December 18).

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