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Match report: Quorn Reserves 2 Chasetown FC Reserves 3

Chasetown FC Reserves collected their second piece of silverware of the campaign with a 3-2 victory at Quorn to lift the Midland Combination Trophy.

Jamie Aiton and Karl Edwards supplied first half goals for the Scholars and Jed Davies came off the bench to grab the winner with a super strike to ensure the Scholars retained the cup.

Chasetown opened the scoring within two minutes when Aiton attacked a Jonathan Gould corner and thumped home an unstoppable header beyond the reach of Luke Barrett.

Quorn’s response was to start pushing for the equaliser, producing near misses with long range efforts from Chris Baker and Denis Moran. Then Nick Goold’s cross dangerously flew across the goalmouth but nobody was able to connect.

But the host’s pressure paid off five minutes later when Lee Attenborough whipped a clever delivery into the box for George Lutaaya whose bold turn was matched by a cheeky chip into the roof of the net.

Chasetown’s 16-year-old keeper Dominic Hill then saved brilliantly from Luke Hammond long range flier as Quorn, boosted by the equaliser, continued to press.

After soaking up the pressure the Scholars took the lead again after 32 minutes. Matthew Wood floated a free kick deep into the penalty area and Courtney Sowe rose above his markers to head across goal. Edwards was lurking just outside the six yard box and needed no second invitation to net his 20th goal in as many appearances.

The visitors exited the half fortunate to be ahead. They knew they needed to get a hold of the game in order to retain their one goal advantage – and they produced more opportunities in an entertaining second period. Wood produced a 20 yard blast and Greg Downes’ free kick flew inches wide of the target.

But Quorn still battled and Chris Baker equalised from the spot in the 71st minute to even things up.

Both teams manufactured more chances which included an eye-catching move from Quorn’s Emido Chiavetta and Baker, ending with a superb close range block by Hill to deny Nick Goold.

It was Chasetown’s substitute Davies who clinched the winning goal with what can be argued as the best of the 97 scored by the Reserves this season. Aiton hooked a long ball out of defence which Davies cushioned on the right wing touchline. His movement was a delight, making a yard of room as he cut inwards leaving two defenders stranded before he released a brilliant curling effort into the top corner which Barrett was powerless to prevent.

Quorn mustered up one last chance when Lutaaya flashed a header wide but it wasn’t enough and referee blew for full time and the celebrations began.

Andy Penny’s side remain unbeaten all season in all competitions and are in the Staffs FA Challenge Cup Final at Brocton on April 30.

Chasetown: Hill, James, Sowe, Wood, Hulin (Capt), Aiton, Deakin (Davies), Downes (Alalade), Edwards, Archer (Lowe), Gould. Sub not used: Birt.

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