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Chasetown FC suffer New Year’s Day disappointment in seven-goal thriller against Frickley Athletic

Play-off chasing Frickley Athletic came from behind to complete the double over Chasetown FC on New Year’s Day.

The Scholars were on the front foot from kick off and Callum Lovatt was blocked in front of goal from an early corner.

Visiting keeper Hugo Warhurst denied George Cater inside the first three minutes with a fingertip save.

Chasetown kept knocking the door and went ahead after seven minutes. Cater got on the end of a deep Will Whieldon cross and chipped to the back post where Matt Gardner headed home unmarked.

The hosts almost doubled their lead with a well-worked move between Chris Baker and Jack Langston, with the latter smashing a shot against the Athletic crossbar.

Frickley equalised on the stroke of half time with a corner that was flicked on and Tyler Blake sneaked in to score.

The Yorkshiremen stunned their hosts with a goal a minute after the restart as Jacob Hazel netted from inside the box.

Chasetown responded immediately and Whieldon backheeled into the path of Langston who drilled the ball along the ground into the far corner.

Frickley regained the lead after Scholars defender Chris Baker was short with a header back to Curtis Pond and Blake nipped in to toe poke the ball home.

Chase drew level again in the 75th minute with another drive from skipper Langston from a similar angle to his earlier equaliser.

But an end to end game saw the away side steal the points inside the final three minutes as Hazel stole in to net his second goal of the game.

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