The 2000 capacity crowd at Chasetown’s Scholars Ground were treated to a high intensity display of end to end football last night which was an excellent advert for Non League football. Chasetown were behind twice in the game but battled back to level the scores at 2-2 with 2 minutes to play, and the teams will now replay at Mansfield on 8th March.
In the game Mansfield had the better of the first half and were deservedly 1-0 up at half time thanks to a thunderbolt shot by Striker Paul Connor and at this stage it looked like the Conference side were bound for the Semi Finals.
However Chasetown had other ideas and they continued to pour forward at every opportunity and their never say die attitude was rewarded whenthey grabbed an equlaizer. Mansfield then re-tok thelead before a slightly fortuitous own goal from Mansfields on loan Goalkeeper David Gorf (from Notts County) sent the home fans away happy.
Chasetown have had a quite meteoric rise since making history in 2007-8 season when they became the lowest ranked club to reach the 3rd Round of the FA Cup; where they lost to eventual finalists Cardiff City. They are currently playingat their highest level of the non league pyramid since 1954 and they have already beaten two other conference sides in the competition this season. It will be a surprise if they manage to win at Field Mill in the replay however on this display they will go down fighting.
You can check out a more detailed match report at Chasetown’s Web Site.