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Five-star Chasetown FC set up play-off tie at Bedworth by thumping Basford United

Chasetown FC will avoid a tricky away play-off encounter with Frickley or Stamford after producing a five-star show against Basford United.

The Scholars made a dream start with a goal inside two minutes. Nick Wellecomme headed into the path of Ryan Wynter who shot home from six yards.

Will Whieldon forced a save from a free kick before Jack Langston struck the crossbar as the hosts enjoyed the best of an all-action opening six minutes.

Chasetown doubled their lead in the 20th minute. George Cater motored into the box and was brought down by goalkeeper Colin Lewis. Birthday boy Langston converted the penalty by sending the keeper the wrong way.

The hosts scored a third goal in the 38th minute. Wellecomme got his shot away, Lewis saved but Whieldon drilled home despite the attempts of a defender on the line.

Substitute Muzzy Nduna was straight into the action at the start of the second half and drew a foul to earn Chasetown’s second spot kick of the afternoon – and Langston made no mistake with the penalty once more.

Langston completed his second hat-trick of the season with an audacious lob from the halfway line with seven minutes remaining.

There was still time for a further celebration as club captain Spencer Gunnell returned after seven months out injured.

Results elsewhere mean Chasetown will be away to Bedworth United on on May 1 as they look to secure promotion via the play-offs.

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