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Match report: Barwell Reserves 0 Chasetown FC Reserves 0

The bug-ridden Scholars successfully defended their first leg one goal advantage with a goalless draw at Barwell to reach the final of the Midland Combination Trophy.

No fewer than six players have suffered the mysterious illness that swept through the team during the week forcing training to be cancelled on Thursday.

Two players were still too ill to make the journey to Leicestershire and Tom Brown, still suffering the effects, had to be replaced by Samson Alalade after 20 minutes of play.

The uncertainty that more midweek casualties would not last the 90 minutes was a huge concern for manager Andrew Penny who had also been a victim. The squad was already depleted and only two subs were available.

Despite these concerns the dented Scholars did what was necessary by not conceding. They dug in and focused on the job at hand to comfortably reach their second final this season whist maintaining their unbeaten run at the same time.

It was an uneventful affair as stalemates usually are. Barwell, as usual provided stern opposition although the boys in blue had the better opportunities and never really looked in trouble.

Karl Edwards produced a spectacular volley on 26 minutes which Leon Oswald saved brilliantly. Jack Hulin and Jamie Aiton both fashioned fine headers from Chad Degville corners.

Barwell duo Nicholas Moore and Matthew Shorrock produced shots for the hosts in the second half and Edwards went close from a Jordan Archer cross. The Scholars did a thorough job keeping possession for long periods and were confident defensively.

In the dying minutes the Scholars almost suffered an embarrassing setback when Barwell’s Shaun Robinson’s ambitious chip that appeared to be heading wide bounced awkwardly and veered inwards against the crossbar.

Next weekend the Scholars Reserves host Coalville in their final league game of the season. They are already Division One champions but Coalville are in good form and will be set on seeing Chasetown fall at the last post. An entertaining game is on the cards but you have to fancy Penny’s boys to finish off in a blaze of glory.

Chasetown: Wiggins, Hulin, Sowe, Wood, Horton, J Aiton, Degville, Brown (Alalade), Edwards, Lowe (Archer), Gould.

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