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Nantwich Town 0 Chasetown FC 4

Chris Peel celebrates 1-0

A DEAN Perrow double plus two first half goals saw ten man Chasetown secure a superb 4-0 victory at Nantwich Town on Saturday, writes Dave Goddard.

Despite a red card for Gary Hay on 76 minutes, this was a committed and tough performance from the Scholars which left the travelling fans who braved the cold very happy as all the visiting players got stuck into their opponents.

Chasetown enjoyed the better of the opening minutes, a free kick from Richard Davies plucked away by keeper Ben Chapman before Ben Jevons could get his head to it while Chris Peel fired over the bar from a corner.

Jevons had made an impressive start and fired wide from 20 yards out and the Scholars continued to enjoy the majority of possession while the Dabbers lost player-manager Darren Tinson in the 15th minute.

Chasetown took the lead in fine style on 21 minutes when a 25-yard free kick was struck perfectly by Peel and flew beyond Chapman into the corner of the net for a superb goal.

Hay was next to go close as Chasetown’s spirited play continued, firing over the bar on the half hour, and Danny Smith attempted to lay up stand-in skipper Dave Egan but Chapman got to the ball first. It was Smith himself who made it two for the Scholars on 37 minutes when he received the ball from the right and cut between two defenders to chip the ball over Chapman and into the net.

Still the onslaught continued with Grant Ryan hitting the post following some tough play by Egan and the side restricted the Dabbers to a solitary chance in first half stoppage time but Glyn Blackhurst’s shot hit the post.

Half time: Nantwich Town 0 Chasetown 2.

Perrow and Egan celebrate 3-0

Nantwich made a more rapid start to the second half, skipper Chris Flynn’s shot flying wide before Dave Whittaker headed Jake Sedgemore’s free kick wide of the post. The play became somewhat more physical with several yellow cards, while Ryan Price saw his first action of the game in the Scholars goal to deny Michael Lennon.

Jevons headed over from a Davies free kick before Ryan tried to reassert the Scholars’ earlier dominance, a shot blocked by Flynn and a run from the right halted by the offside flag among his efforts.

Price was called into action again to push another Lennon effort over the bar before the Scholars suffered a setback when Hay was sent off for a second bookable offence on 76 minutes.

Substitute Kevin Street then tested Price but the Scholars keeper got down low to counter and the ball bounced off the post and the Dabbers went close once again when Kyle Blake shot over the bar.

With three minutes to go a through ball from Dave Bridgewater found fellow substitute Perrow free on the left and he lashed a shot across Chapman and into the empty net for Chasetown’s third.

In stoppage time the Scholars made it four, Egan squaring the ball to Perrow in front of goal and he took the ball round Chapman to secure his second with ease.

Next up for the Scholars is the visit of Newcastle Town in the third round of the League Challenge Cup on Tuesday, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Nantwich: Chapman, Ashley Carter, Tinson, Flynn (c), Reeves, Sedgemore, Blake, Blackhurst, Whittaker, Lennon, Carr. Subs: Arron Carter (Ashley Carter 89), Southern (Tinson 14), Street (Reeves 74), Mahmoud.

Chasetown: Price, Turner, Peel, Slater, Davies, Cohen, D Smith, Egan (c), Hay, Ryan, Jevons. Subs: Perrow (Ryan 74), Stephens, Bridgewater (D Smith 80), M Branch, Hulin (Jevons 90).

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