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Chasetown 2 Newcastle Town 3

Gary Birch faces a challenge for the ball

There was more Cup disappointment for Chasetown on a cold Tuesday night as Newcastle Town triumphed 3-2 in the Evo-Stik League Cup.

After a slightly slow first half, the game improved with a flurry of goals midway through the second period but the Scholars forwards could not convert many of the chances presented to them and narrowly lost out to a team that has become one of their bogey sides over the years.

Newcastle went on the attack right from the kick-off forcing Darren Acton into an early save and sending a chance from the left high over the bar. Chasetown’s first chance saw Richard Davies pick up Grant Ryan’s cross at the far post but Castle keeper Daniel Read got behind his shot before the play moved up the other end with Daniel Skelton shooting over the bar.

Acton was called into action to tip Richard Minor’s shot around the post on 16 minutes before the pace slowed a little, the Division 1 South side displaying some tough but consistent play showing why they are unbeaten in league matches this season.

On the half hour a Davies cross saw Danny Smith force Read into an excellent save and the Castle keeper was on hand again to halt Ryan’s shot eight minutes later.

On 42 minutes the visitors took the lead when a mistake by the Scholars defence let in Jonathan Sheldon and his left-footed shot beat Acton to open the scoring.

Half time: Chasetown 0 Newcastle Town 1.

Gary Birch began the second half with a burst forward but he shot too early and Read blocked his effort but the Scholars looked stronger thereafter and were level on 59 minutes when Birch rose to head Mark Branch’s trademark well-placed free kick in at the near post.

Birch is congratulated on his goal

This spurred the hosts into top gear, Ryan firing over the bar four minutes later but Newcastle can never be discounted and on 76 minutes their lead was restored courtesy of Neville Thompson who was substituted seconds later.

The visitors were in front for a single minute before Ramone Stephens, who had only been on as a substitute for three minutes, unleashed a rocket shot across Read and into the far corner of the net for a superb goal.

Once again the Castle fought back to great effect, substitute Chris Budrys bursting through to restore their lead on 81 minutes and the match began to develop into a typically frantic Cup tie.

Despite battling hard in the closing minutes it was just not to be for the Scholars and the Castle progressed, leaving Chasetown to focus on their FA Carlsberg Trophy clash with Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Chasetown: Acton, Farmer, M Branch, Slater, Bridgewater, Hulin, D Smith, Egan (c), Birch, Ryan, Davies. Subs: Perrow (Birch 78), Stephens (D Smith 74), Jevons, Westwood, Turner (Farmer 63).

Newcastle: Read, Espley, White, Donnelly (c), Dicker, Douglas, Minor, Skelton, Nagington, Thompson, Sheldon. Subs: Budrys (Thompson 76), Johnson (Minor 68), Willis, James, Cliffe.

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