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Chasetown FC denied victory by Belper Town strike deep into injury time

A controversial late goal saw Chasetown FC denied victory against Belper Town.

The visitors rang the changes ahead of their cup final on Wednesday and went behind within the first ten minutes when Evan Garnett whipped the ball across to Ruben Wiggins-Thomas who tapped in from close range.

But the Scholars levelled in the 34th minute when a cross was chipped up by Ryan Wynter and Matt Gardner headed home from six yards for his first goal for the club.

Gardner’s afternoon was to get even better though early in the second half when his looping header from Peter Till’s cross evaded Belper keeper Mark Rathbone.

The Scholars extended their lead in the 65th minute with a phenomenal long range effort from Jack Langston that left Rathbone clutching at thin air.

But Belper reduced the deficit with a Jonathan Williams shot which crawled along the ground through a sea of legs leaving Curtis Pond only able to watch on.

Michael Wright almost added a fourth in stoppage time but Rathbone stretched out a leg to kick away at his near post.

There was to be a final twist though as Belper equalised in the sixth minute of stoppage time with Wiggins-Thomas netting a controversial late equaliser with many on the Chasetown side questioning the amount of minutes added on by the referee.

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