Will Whieldon controls the ball. Pic: Laura Yates

Chasetown FC picked up a vital victory as they won on the road at Widnes.

Will Whieldon controls the ball. Pic: Louise Yates

The hosts were lucky to escape as early as the first minute when Will Whieldon burst through on goal but was dragged back by Michael Grogan who only saw a yellow card. The resulting free kick from Whieldon seemed to strike the hand of a defender in the wall right on the penalty spot, but nothing was given.

The first half was limited on good goal mouth chances as defences were on top.

Just after the hour, Chasetown took the lead. Whieldon played the ball through and Danny Cocks got there before keeper Owen Wheeler. Cocks took the ball beyond the home stopper and fired into an empty net from a wide angle.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 75th minute. Substitute Jazz Luckie struck the Widnes post and the rebound fell to Tom Hill whose first effort was saved by Wheeler, his second hit the post but he headed home at the third attempt.

The Scholars deservedly made it 3-0 when Jimmy O’Neill played it through to Hill whose shot was saved by Wheeler but the ball rebounded off Hill into an empty net.