Dan Jacob curls in the only goal of the game to beat Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

For the second time in three days, Chasetown were pitted against the team that occupied second position in the league table – but this time the Scholars were beaten by the occupants of the leading play-off place.

Dan Jacob curls in the only goal of the game to beat Chasetown. Pic: Dave Birt

King’s Lynn Town came into this match with an unbeaten run in 2013 and with Chasetown on the back of eight wins in ten league games, it was always going to be an entertaining game and the first half did not disappoint.

The goal that proved to be the only goal of the game came after just four minutes. Dan Jacob took aim from long range and fired beyond the reach of Ryan Price into the top of the net.

How that was the only goal was down to some resolute defending by the Linnetts and a fine performance by goalkeeper Danny Gay.

The confidence throughout the Chasetown team was there for all to be seen and recalled striker Paul Sullivan was inches wide of the upright with a low drive in an end-to-end first half.

The Norfolk visitors twice threatened the Scholars goal but it was the hosts who posed the greater threat.

On 16 minutes, a fierce Danny Bragoli free kick was spectacularly pushed aside by Gay, while on the half hour Gay produced an even better save to push away a Simon Brown drive that he saw very late.

Paul Sullivan tries to hold off a defender. Pic: Dave Birt

The second half saw Chasetown on the front foot trying to deservedly get themselves all square, with the King’s Lynn defence – well marshalled by skipper Richard Bunting – throwing themselves in front of every attempt at goal.

Chris Slater had a goalbound volley blocked and five minutes from time and Andy Westwood curled a low effort to Gay’s right but the visiting custodian got down well and clung on.

Late on, the home side fashioned out one last great chance to earn a share of the points when Nick Wellecomme gained half a yard of space in front of goal and struck a first time shot, but Gay stuck out a strong right leg to kick the chance away.

Chasetown: Price, Farmer, Jackson, Slater, Tesfa Robinson, Teesdale, Brown (Westwood, 85 mins), Bragoli, Wellecomme, Sullivan (Smith, 72 mins), Gould (Theo Robinson, 65 mins). Subs not used: Downes, Birt.
King’s Lynn Town: Gay, Watson, Yong, Lee, Gulliver, Bunting, Sprigg (Jepson, 85 mins), Quigley, Thompson (Beaumont, 78 mins), Tolley (Mulready, 88 mins), Jacob. Subs not used: Fryatt, Butt.

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