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Returning Paul Sullivan strikes to secure a point for Chasetown FC

Danny Smith flicks the ball on. Pic: Dave Birt

Danny Smith flicks the ball on. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC were forced to settle for a point in a scrappy encounter at Bedworth United.

It was boss Craig Harris’ 50th league match in charge of The Scholars but he would have seen very few games with as little goalmouth action as served up in the first half at the Oval Ground.

Other than a succession of corners, the hosts offered next to nothing in the opening period, while Chasetown’s two chances fell to Danny Smith – the first, a flicked header wide of the upright from a Simon Brown free kick and the same two combined when a whipped cross from the right was met by a bullet Smith header from close range, but luckily for Bedworth keeper Andy Kemp he was able to get a strong hand on it to keep it out.

The Scholars had more urgency in the second half but it came as a price as a darting run by Smith saw him pull up with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Paul Sullivan who was himself returning from injury after overcoming a rib problem suffered against Eastwood Town.

And he made an instant impact when Callum Burgess completely misjudged the length of his back pass to Kemp, allowing Sullivan to nip in front of the goalkeeper and show great composure to fire Chasetown ahead.

Paul Sullivan fires home after rounding the keeper. Pic: Dave Birt

Paul Sullivan fires home after rounding the keeper. Pic: Dave Birt

Any thoughts the visiting fans had that it was going to be an ugly 1-0 win were soon flattened.  Within two minutes, Mitchell Piggon pulled the trigger with a powerful shot that Ryan Price couldn’t keep out.

Other than the goals, Chasetown went close with a Brown drive which Kemp did well to save low to his right and Avun Jephcott got a free kick on target but it was weak and easy pickings for Kemp.

Bedworth United: Kemp, Webb, O’Grady, Tullin (Blenkinsopp, 80 mins), Burgess, Hutchcox, Steane, Aaron Forde, Piggon, Hylton, Williams (Edmond, 60 mins). Subs not used: Moore, Mullarky.
Chasetown: Price, Alex Forde, Keenan, Slater, Tesfa Robinson, Jephcott, Brown (Downing, 88 mins), Bragoli (Stephens, 82 mins), Wellecomme, Smith (Sullivan, 67 mins), Beckett. Subs not used: Farmer, Westwood.

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