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Nick Wellecomme fires Chasetown to victory against Northwich Victoria

Nick Wellecomme finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt

Nick Wellecomme finds the net. Pic: Dave Birt

Nick Wellecomme ended a six-match goal drought with a superb first half strike to earn Chasetown their third consecutive win.

In the 27th minute, the Scholars striker used his body strength to hold off Northwich Victoria full-back Kevin Leadbetter and advanced towards goal before firing a powerful shot that Stephen Dickinson couldn’t keep out.

Prior to that, it was Northwich who were in the slight ascendancy but the only shot on target was a fierce long range effort from Gary McEvatt forcing Ryan Price into a stunning save at full stretch to his right.

The reverse fixture just ten days ago had hinged on a controversial handball on the line by Vic’s Jack Duggan and the 30-plus away following from Chasetown – in a crowd of just 86 – were looking for every opportunity for justice to be served from that previous game.

Northwich offered very little in front of goal throughout the remainder of the half and the closest either side came to a goal before the break was a Jono Gould effort high over the crossbar after his mazy run had fashioned the chance out of nothing.

Joel Purkiss replaced Gary Hay at the start of the second period and Chasetown continued to put their hosts under pressure from the start of the half.

It took another fine stop from Price to deprive Joe Bunney though, to preserve the visitors lead on their way to their third consecutive clean sheet for the first time in almost three years.

Jack Farmer gets away from his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

Jack Farmer gets away from his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

If Duggan’s game at The Scholars Ground had been tinged with controversy then this game again saw him at the centre of the referee’s attention. Just after the 70 mark, a fabulous piece of skill from Wellecomme took the ball beyond Duggan but when the striker tumbled to the ground the referee waved away the penalty appeals.

Purkiss tested Dickinson with a shot from distance that bounced up awkwardly and the keeper was perhaps fortunate that the rebound was within reach to gather at the second attempt.

A second half littered with niggly fouls culminated in Northwich being reduced to ten men when Brian Summerskill received a second yellow card for the latter of two poorly timed tackles.

Northwich Victoria: Dickinson, El-Harrati, Leadbetter, Duggan, Mercer, Summerskill, Harries, Taylor, Bunney, Wisdom, McEvatt. Subs: Alexander, Clarke, Holden, Kilford, Rainford.
Chasetown: Price, Farmer, Jackson, Slater, Bate, Tesfa Robinson, Butler (Westwood, 59 mins), Bragoli, Wellecomme, Hay (Purkiss, HT), Gould (Brown, 87 mins). Subs not used: Branch, Teesdale.

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