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Match report: Chasetown FC Reserves 1 Barwell Reserves 0

Chasetown FC’s second string produced another victory to defeat Barwell Reserves.

The visitors from Leicestershire made the trip knowing that a victory in the Midland Combination Trophy semi-final was their only path to silverware.

Karl Edwards. Pic: Dave Birt

Karl Edwards. Pic: Dave Birt

Karl Edwards showed that despite his long career at the Scholars Ground, he has lost none of his cutting edge as he gave his side the upper edge in this first leg encounter with a 38th minute strike.

But Barwell had started the brighter and had the first chance when a Chasetown defensive clearance rebounded off Shaun Robinson onto the post and rolled into the calm hands of Mariuzs Kisiel who was deputising for the suspended Mark Wiggins.

The champions reacted by launching a series of attacks on the Barwell goal, their superiority clearly evident.

Edwards and Tom Lowe went close and when Lee Wright connected onto a Jonathan Gould cross, his strike cannoned against the underside of the bar and was then cleared off the line to safety by Jamie Tomlins.

Edwards was clinical with his next shot to claim the only goal of the game. Wright played the ball into Lowe who collected with his back to goal, just outside the penalty area. Lowe was quick to turn and spot Edwards’ run beyond Barwell’s rear guard and his pin-point pass was perfect for the striker to finish..

The Scholars continued to dominate but five minutes from half time Barwell almost bit back when a curling free kick from Nicholas Moore was stunningly palmed away by Kisiel, the Pole instantaneously throwing himself across goal.

Promising Academy Scholar Jed Davies along with experienced Stu Birt were introduced to the action during the second half and both slotted in well.

Edwards almost secured his brace when hard working Birt picked him out in space but his power drive flew past the upright.

Surprisingly, this was the only chance the hosts produced during the second period as they failed to make the most of home advantage. The visitors were allowed to settle and enjoy patches of control which has ultimately provided them with a ray of hope for a second leg fight back.

Barwell came close to equalising on two occasions through a Nicholas More half volley and Shaun Robinson low drive after being given the freedom of the penalty area.

Next up Chasetown FC Reserves entertain local rivals Boldmere St Michaels on Wednesday (March 21) in their penultimate league game at the Scholars Ground.

Chasetown: Kisiel, James, Sowe, Wood, Hulin (c), J Aiton, Gould (Davies), Degville, Edwards, Lowe (Birt), Wright.

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