Chasetown v Kidsgrove Evostik div one west Dave Birt

Chasetown FC picked up their first point of the season with a Bank Holiday Monday comeback against Kidsgrove Athletic.

The Scholars came into the game without a win but started the brighter of the two sides.

They almost opened the scoring when Jon Beaumont’s goalbound effort was superbly tipped over the bar by Krystian Burzynski.

The visitors rocked the hosts a minute before half time though with Jordan Cole netting from close range after Alex Lingard had initially gone down under a challenge.

Kidsgrove were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute when Curtis Pond brought down former teammate Chris Baker. Cole converted the spot kick despite the keeper going the right way.

Chasetown got back into the game in bizarre fashion. Josh Sedgley crossed into the box and the ball eluded everyone to fly in over the keeper’s head.

A minute later and the home side were deservedly level. Substitute Muzzy Nduna laid the ball back to skipper Jack Langston who drilled it hard and low beyond Burzynski.

Kidsgrove almost regained the lead but were denied by a stunning point blank save by Pond who somehow turned the ball onto the crossbar.

Langston then turned provider for Jake Lovatt whose flying header was off target.

Kidsgrove had a lucky escape late on when Burzynski fouled Nduna outside the area and only received a yellow card – but Burzynski didn’t escape unscathed as he was forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury.