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Chasetown FC see play-off hopes ended by defeat at Bedworth United

Chasetown FC’s promotion hopes came to an end as they were beaten in the play-off semi final at Bedworth United.

The hosts drew first blood inside two minutes. A Scholars free kick was cleared as far as Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls who sprinted from the halfway line and fired beyond Curtis Pond.

United doubled their lead in the 11th minute. The hosts broke down the left and a cross to the near post was headed home by Luke Keen.

Twenty minutes in, Chasetown registered their first effort on target – a superb long range shot from Will Whieldon which was held low by keeper Dan Crane.

Jack Langston fired goalwards as the visitors took some control, only to be blocked by a defender’s body.

The Scholars then appealed for a spot kick when George Cater was pushed to the floor by a United defender, but the referee waved away any penalty hopes.

Chasetown started the second half on the front foot and were a whisker away from a goal back as Whieldon’s free kick narrowly missed the head of substitute Ryan Wynter who could have scored with his first touch.

Crane then made a spectacular fingertip save to deny a Danny Cocks effort as Scott Dundas men tried desperately to get a route back into the tie.

With 15 minutes left Chris Baker hooked an effort inches over the crossbar.

Crane then denied Muzzy Nduna with a smart save at his near post before Wynter had his effort cleared off the line and Nduna couldn’t connect for the rebound.

In stoppage time Chasetown were handed a lifeline when Baker was brought down by Crane and Langston confidently converted the spot kick.

But it was too little too late for the battling Scholars in front of a crowd of 517.

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