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Simon Brown’s moment of magic earns crucial victory for Chasetown FC

Simon Brown's chip beats the keeper. Pic: Dave Birt

Simon Brown’s chip beats the keeper. Pic: Dave Birt

A moment of brilliance five minutes into the second half gave Chasetown FC a much needed three points to move two places up the league table.

The key moment came when former West Bromwich Albion man Simon Brown produced a sublime chip past keeper Damien Stevens.

The visitors had started brightly and forward Yannick Makota was showing why he was highly regarded forcing Chasetown’s back four onto the defensive to deal with his pace.

As the half progressed though, the standard of the game dropped considerably and neither side looked particularly likely to break the deadlock.

The second half started better for Chasetown and a shot on target within 60 seconds of the restart from Brown was the catalyst to taking the lead four minutes later.

Market Drayton almost equalised when Martyn Davies rattled the crossbar, with the rebound netted but ruled out for an earlier offside.

The Scholars had kept just three clean sheets in the league this season so the need for a second goal was heightened. Andy Westwood came close with a shot that was easily blocked in the end with the Chasetown man slipped as he fired goalwards. The loose ball fell to Joe Halsall who was leaning back and could only direct an effort over the bar.

Andy Westwood battles to get free of his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

Andy Westwood battles to get free of his marker. Pic: Dave Birt

Craig Harris’ men also struck the crossbar when Paul Sullivan’s free kick beat Stevens but rebounded off the woodwork.

A dominant defensive display from Chris Slater and Richard Teesdale blocked Market Drayton from any worthy goal attempts and Makota was anonymous in the second period.

Despite the importance of the three points to both sides, as Chasetown leap-frogged the Shropshire side in the league table, Market Drayton substitute Martyn Davies showed some early Christmas spirit with great sportsmanship in the final minute of the game.

With a Chasetown player struggling with an injury, Brown rolled the ball out of play for a throw in by the half-way line. At first, Market Drayton took the throw quickly to retain possession but Davies promptly kicked the ball out to return the possession to The Scholars.

Chasetown: Price, Farmer, Keenan, Slater, D Bennett (Bragoli, 78 mins), Teesdale, Brown, Halsall, Smith (Bannister, 68 mins), Sullivan (Stephens, 88 mins), Westwood. Subs not used: Beckett, Watson.
Market Drayton Town: Stevens, Green, Ledwards (Jones, 77 mins), Askey, Westway, Blake, J Bennett, Porter, Makota, Foy (Davies, 57 mins), Stevenson. Subs not used: Hall, Gee.

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