Chasetown FC came from behind to record a 2-1 away win in the Staffordshire Senior Cup and set up an encounter with their old adversaries Rushall Olympic in the next round.
After a disappointing result at the weekend, The Scholars were hoping for a positive start, but it was unbeaten league leaders Leek who started the better and deservedly took the lead in the 20th minute when former Scholar Jordan Johnson beat Ryan Price.
Chasetown’s gradually began to assert in the midfield area to gain a foothold in the game, but were unable to carve out much in the way of chances.
Home keeper Ben Chapman’s first save came in the dying minutes of the first half when a a neat move between Nick Wellecomme and Danny Griffiths resulted in the latter firing a shot straight at the Leek stopper.
But after the break, the visitors looked sharper and it took just eight minutes for Craig Harris’ men to draw level. A through ball into the path of Walsall loanee Griffiths was weighted perfectly for the striker to get ahead of his defender and lash a shot inside Chapman’s left hand post.
Wellecomme felt he had claims for a penalty when Andy Bratt caught him inside the box, with the result being the Chase number nine clashing with Chapman and leaving the keeper requiring lengthy treatment. The Scholars man was booked for his part in the incident.
Leek, who lead the Evo-Stik Division One South table by eight points, never looked likely to net the winning goal in normal time and the fixture appeared to be heading for extra time.
But six minutes from time Wellecomme reacted quicker to a pass than the defender, picked his spot and pinged a shot beyond Chapman and in off the inside of the post.
On the balance of play, it was no more than Chasetown deserved and, for a travelling support of barely 20 in an England-Poland affected crowd of just 84, it was well worth the trip.
Leek Town: Chapman, Evans, Swetnam, Donnelly, Bradbury (Bratt, 55 mins), Hall, Maguire, Bell, Kinsey, Johnson, Johnston (Smith, 67 mins). Sub not used: Danylyk.
Chasetown: Price, Farmer, Keenan, Slater, Tesfa Robinson, Jephcott (Theo Robinson, 79 mins), Brown, Butler, Wellecomme, Griffiths, Beckett. Subs not used: Forde, Downing, Bragoli, Whieldon.
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