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Striker backs Chasetown FC in the FA Trophy battle between his former clubs

Former Chasetown FC and Mansfield Town striker Kyle Perry has said he would love to see the Scholars reach Wembley in the FA Trophy.

Kyle Perry

Kyle Perry. Pic: Chasetown07

Currently plying his trade at Tamworth, Perry was part of Charlie Blakemore’s famous FA Cup side that faced Cardiff in the third round of the competition.

His performances during that historic run saw him secure a move to Port Vale – one of the teams Chasetown beat on the way. He then had a spell at Mansfield before making the switch to Tamworth.

But despite having split allegiances, Perry admits the fairytale of a Scholars win on Saturday (February 26) would be the ideal result.

He told The Lichfield Blog:

“I’m gutted I can’t make it as I’d love to watch this one, but I’ll definitely be be keeping an eye out for the result. Usually players would sit on the fence and say they want both teams to do well, but in all honesty I want Chasetown to go all the way and on to Wembley as the lads, fans and management there deserve it.

“I have a lot of good memories from both places, more so Chasetown as it was the place that helped me get noticed and back into full-time football. Charlie Blakemore is a close friend and I know he’ll definitely get the lads up for this one. The support they get is awesome so Mansfield shouldn’t underestimate them.

“Chasetown have quality players and I think it’s going to go down to who wants it most on the day. Either way, I’m sure it will be an entertaining end-to-end game.”

Perry’s been enjoying life at Tamworth since making the switch from the Stags, scoring 12 goals so far this season, although a persistent knee injury has caused him issues this term.

And while his focus will firmly be on the Lambs’ trip to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, but he admits it’ll be interesting to see which of his former colleagues have the bragging rights at the end of Chasetown’s game against Mansfield.

He added:

“The fans have been asking me what I think will happen quite a bit in the build up to this one. I’m very close with players, especially having grown up with players at Chasetown and playing with them on my scholarship at Walsall and I’ll soon be attending Mark Branch’s wedding. But I also keep tabs on Mansfield and speak to some of the lads on a regular basis.”

Chasetown’s FA Trophy quarter-final clash with Mansfield kicks off at 3pm at the Scholars Ground and supporters are reminded that admission is by ticket only. For information, call 01543 682222.

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