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Match report: Heath Hayes 0 Chasetown FC 1

Chasetown's Mark Hands gets away from his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown's Mark Hands gets away from his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

Chris Brindley made a winning start as manager of Chasetown with a 1-0 success at Heath Hayes in the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

The Scholars fought hard for victory against a determined Midland Alliance side, with new boss Brindley pleased with a gritty performance as Levi Reid gave Chasetown the spoils three minutes into the second half.

Ramone Stephens and Jack Farmer were in good form from the kick-off and set up Linden Dovey for the first chance of a cold evening but his shot went wide of the near post. Danny Owen and former Scholars Craig Hancox then found chances for the hosts but their shots went wide.

Gary Birch was leading the Scholars attack and his 12th-minute shot was pushed over the bar by keeper Adam Jenkins with Hayes then winning successive corners as they continued to push their higher league opponents.

The impressive Stephens and Reid both enjoyed chances which Jenkins was equal to before Ben Haseley cut through the Scholars defence with Ryan Price deflecting the ball away for a corner as the close play continued, Haseley firing over from a corner when well placed and David Waple almost catching out the Chase defence with a lob which flew just past the post.

Brindley shuffled his pack for the second half, replacing Danny Smith with Matty Cohen as he switched from 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 formation with Chris Slater employed as sweeper. The changes seemed to work as three minutes after the whistle Farmer played through Reid whose right-footed shot across Jenkins’s goal nestled in the corner of the net and the Scholars were in front.

Reid fired in a cross ten minutes later but it was cleared by the Hayes defence with Birch lurking before Mark Branch shot wide, while Hancox looked the main threat for the home side.
Birch and Dovey remained strong in attack for the Scholars but a second goal could not be found with Jenkins in good form between the posts for Hayes, but Mark Branch took care of matters alongside Richard Teesdale in defence and progress was assured for the visitors.

Chasetown now turn their attention to the FA Carlsberg Trophy as they take on Grantham Town for the second time this month on Saturday (October 22), kick-off 3pm.

Heath Hayes: Jenkins, Baggott, Wallis, Davis, Tuck (c), Stretton, Gonzales, Owen, Waple, Haseley, Hancox. Subs: Jones, Massey, Degville, McNulty (Davis 36), Allen (Baggott 76).
Chasetown: Price, Farmer, M Branch, Slater, Hands, Teesdale (c), Stephens, Reid, Birch, Dovey, Smith. Subs: Perrow, Cohen (Smith 45), Westwood, Melbourne, Peel.

Click below to see more of Dave Birt’s pictures from the game.

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