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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Town stun league leaders

Beverley Town 2-1 Chalk Lane (Saturday March 10)

Town went into this game against current league leaders with a full strength squad and manager Rich Jagger was confident ahead of kick off.

Town started well, passing the ball through midfield and causing problems down the flanks. Joe Norton, out wide on the left, was a constant threat and Leon Dawson linked well with the strikers on numerous occasions.

Town deservedly went ahead on 25 minutes when Craig Muirhead capitalised on a mix-up by the keeper and slotted calmly into the back of the net.

Beverley continued to control the game and created two or three good chances without hitting the back of the net. However, Town’s back three had to be on their toes against the dangerous Scott Phillips up front for Chalk, but on the whole they dealt really well with any threat.

On 45 minutes Town conceded a penalty when Phillips was adjudged to have been tripped in the box. He then picked himself up and converted to make it 1-1 at half time.

Chalk came out second half with more purpose and determination and were much better in possession. Town had dropped deep and spent a lot of time defending, which they did very well.

Chalk were looking likely to grab the next goal and went close on two occasions after some good play out wide caused problems in the box.

Town manager Rich Jagger made changes to freshen things up – Kegan Rose came on for skipper Nathan White and Jordan Organ on for Leon Dawson, both having had a good game in midfield.

Rose added extra energy in Town’s midfield and Beverley started to get forward more in the last 20 minutes. However it was the last of the three subs that would pinch the game for Town. On 79 minutes Aldo Hysenaj replaced Alex Stark and with only his second touch of the game put Town in the lead.

On 81 minutes Town broke from midfield, and created a 2 v 2 against Chalk’s back line. Muirhead calmly passed to Aldo, who from 15 yards out finished with style over the on-rushing keeper. Town then held firm for the last eight minutes and were delighted to come away with a 2-1 win.

Manager Jagger was delighted with the result after the game: “First half we were excellent; we passed it well and created a lot of chances and perhaps were unlucky not to be ahead at half-time. Credit to Chalk, though, they had a go second half and just as the game looked like heading for a draw, Aldo popped up with a great finish to win it for us. We had a strong squad out today, everyone is keen to earn their place in the side and we hope to finish the last six games of the season strongly “