Chasetown keeper Ryan Price can't keep out Tom Bates' strike. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC exited the Birmingham Senior Cup at the first hurdle with a below-par 4-1 defeat to Bedworth United.

The much-changed Scholars side, including AFC Telford United loanee Levi Reid on his debut, had the first two chances of the night through Dean Perrow and Ben Jevons but it was the visitors who took the lead on 14 minutes. Ashley Spencer was fed down the right and crossed to Tom Bates who blasted a left-footed shot home to put the Evo-Stik Southern Midland side ahead.

United’s next cross was cleared by Jimmy Turner while Chasetown’s next attacks were cleared for corners despite Jevons and Perrow still working hard at the front, but their efforts were in vain and Bedworth would double their lead on 25 minutes when former Scholars man Ashley Robinson beat the offside trap and coolly slotted past Ryan Price for his first of the evening.

Perrow’s next effort was hacked clear by keeper Tom Gutteridge who also denied Jordan Johnson after a run by Reid to close a disappointing half.

Chasetown striker Dean Perrow scores from the penalty spot. Pic: Dave Birt

Danny Smith and Gavin Hurren were introduced for the second half but just two minutes into it Chasetown appeals for handball allowed Matthew Brown to slip through the defence and he scored United’s third to add to the Scholars’ frustration and place them on the back foot yet again.

On the hour mark Nathan Haines brought down Smith as he advanced into the box and a penalty was awarded and Haines booked, Perrow smashing the spot-kick straight down the middle.

Perrow was certainly the stand-out man of the night for the Scholars but every effort from the striker would be frustrated by an organised United side, while Smith would also go close with a header.

In stoppage time an attack from Robinson following a poor back pass saw his initial shot bounce back off keeper Price, but he was able to pick up the rebound and round off a successful night for the visitors with their fourth goal.

Chasetown now turn their attention back to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with the visit of Kendal Town on Saturday (September 24), kick-off 3pm.

Chasetown: Price, Turner, Peel, Jevons (c), Westwood, Cohen, Reid, Parsons, Steadman, Perrow, Johnson. Subs: Smith (Steadman 45), Edwards (Johnson 66), Gould, Hurren (Westwood 45), Wiggins (GK).
Bedworth: Gutteridge, Gudger, Haines, Cartwright, Roper (c), Tullin, Andrew Spencer, Ashley Spencer, Brown, Robinson, Bates. Subs: Brehon (Andrew Spencer 33), Daniels, Gardner, Moore, Piggon (Ashley Spencer 88).

Click to see more of Dave Birt’s photographs of the game.