Hanley 2-1 Chasetown: Match Report

Chris Dagnall scored a late winner to make history for Hanley Town as they knocked out Step four Chasetown in the Second Qualifying round.

Dagnall got his head to a Reece Jones cross in the 88th minute to put Hanley’s name in the hat for the next round of the cup.

In a goalless first half it took until the 56th minute for Hanley to open the scoring. Some intricate play around the box saw the ball find its way to Lucas Green-Birch who fired to ball past Curtis Pond.

Chasetown reacted well to going a goal down and in the 82nd minute it looked as though the tie would be going to a replay when the Chasetown midfielder cut inside and fired a shot past debutant Tommy Simkin.

In the first half Hanley were the better side with efforts from Carl Dickinson and Reece Jones failing to find the target.

Curtis Pond, the Chasetown shot stopper, was called into action a number of times, first to deny Jones from close range and then to deny Josh Green tipping his effort onto the crossbar.

When the score was at 1-1 Simkin made a great save down to his near post to deny Chasetown what surely would be a winner.

Hanley made history as for the first time they made it to the third qualifying round, they now face a tough test against step two side Brackley Town.