After a week of turmoil for the club, Suspensions, injuries, players, and self isolation for Covid. Chris Hilton’s team were missing nine regular players. But this gave a chance for the new players, Harrison Foulstone, Sam Finlaw to start and 2 players from the reserve squad, Charlie Cope and Luke Battle on the bench.
Steels started brightly and Clarke Greaves was pressing Zak Foster the chasetown leftback in the 1st five minutes, several crosses came in, but the front men couldn’t quite reach them.
Steels were then hit by the sucker punch a fine cross Dolano Ried was met by Oliver Haywood who fired into the steels goal past Ed Hall. There was very little goalmouth action from both teams, but Steels stayed resolute in defence, and were always looking to counter attack.
2nd half steels came out of the traps again quickly but couldn’t quite the finishing touch. Ruthven hit a fine shot on the turn only to find Curtis Pond was equal to hit.
But on 65 minutes steels injury list gained another casualty when Harrison Foulstone went chasing for ball that was going out against of play, he slipped and slid straight into the metal gate, which allows the tractor to cut the grass. Instantly there was concern between both sets of players, but not the referee. He just if he was ok from 15 yards and got with game. A stretcher was called and off went Harrison with a cut to his knee, and a badly bruised knee cap.
But this gave Charlie Cope his 1st start for 1st team and he almost got onto the score sheet, with his 1st touch. A through ball from Kenyon found Cope who just had the keeper to beat but he wanted an extra touch, for a better angle and this gave time for the defender to get the tackle in. But it wasn’t long before Cope did score. Good passing from Mangham, Whiting and Ruthven open up the chasetown defence and with pond in no mans land. The ball fell to Cope who powered his shot in the chasetown net.
Steels had several more chances Whiting shot just wide of the post and Reay with an header. But they were hit the sucker punch again, just as Hilton was preparing to sure up the defence. Ben Lund made his way through the steels defence and fired his shot into the Steels net. Steels tried to get back in the game, but time ran out and chasetown held on to win 2-1.
After the game Chris Hilton commented he was happy with his team’s performance especially with all the changes he has had to make. He was especially pleased with Young Charlie Cope, took his goal well, held his position and didn’t give the ball away cheaply.