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Danny Smith finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt
Chasetown FC picked up their first Evo-Stik Premier win since December in impressive fashion with a fine 4-1 success at Kendal Town. Some speculated that the shock of falling into the relegation zone had given the Scholars the kick they needed and they produced a much-improved performance to lift themselves and their fans out of the doldrums. Chasetown took the lead after only three minutes when a long throw into the box from Jack Farmer was nodded down and Scott Lycett unleashed a screaming shot into the corner of the net for his maiden Scholars goal. The visitors doubled their lead on 19 minutes when a ball into the box found Danny Smith with his back to goal but the striker swivelled around to fire a well-placed shot into the roof of the net to give the Scholars just reward for a hard-working first half. Town pulled one back when a long clearance caught out the defence on 39 minutes and as keeper Lee Evans came off his line Kevin Leadbetter fired the ball beyond him into the empty net. Kendal started the second half on the offensive but it was Chasetown who had the first chance with Smith shooting wide while Leadbetter went close for the hosts soon after. Evans came off his line to catch a cross from Adam Farrell but Chasetown increased their lead on 77 minutes after home keeper Tom Newton misjudged a fly-hack and the ball cannoned off defender George Melling allowing Danny Quinn to smash home the Scholars’ third having gone close himself a few minutes earlier, Melling having to leave the field following treatment. In stoppage time Gary Birch was fouled in the area and a penalty was awarded, Mark Branch sending Newton the wrong way to cap an excellent performance by the Scholars. Next up for the side is the visit of Northwich Victoria on Tuesday (April 3), kick-off 7.45pm, before a trip to Chorley next Saturday (3pm). Kendal: Newton, Winters, Williams, Melling, Joseph (c), Dunn, Osman, Farrell, Jackson, Taylor, Leadbetter. Subs: Donnelly (Melling 83), Knowles, McKevatt, Tucker (Osman 69), Boyd. Chasetown: Evans, Farmer, M Branch, Raglan, Charlton, Hands, Smith, Lycett, Birch (c), Quinn, Pitt. Subs: Bridgewater (Pitt 61), Teesdale, Downes, Perrow (Smith 67), Slater. Click to see more of Dave Birt’s pictures from the game.