Jack Langston hits four in Chasetown rout, Tamworth game abandoned

Many games managed to be played despite the ongoing spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant


Chasetown's Jack Langston / Photo credit: Dave Birt

Jack Langston netted four goals as Chasetown romped to a stunning victory to take them up to second in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division table.

Joey Butlin also got on the scoresheet as the Scholars swept aside Daventry Town 5-0. Chasetown are now just a point off leaders Ilkeston Town.

Chasetown could slip down to third if Halesowen Town win their two games in hand, though.

Leek Town are fifth in the West Division following a 3-0 home win against Warrington Rylands.

Daniel Trickett-Smith opened the scoring on 20 minutes before Rob Stevenson made it 2-0 on 56 minutes. Jessy Bavanganga completed the scoring 15 minutes later.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Town narrowly lost 3-2 to Marine while Kidsgrove Athletic were thumped 5-0 by Workington.

In the Southern League Central Premier, a late Reece Flanagan goal saw Hednesford Town draw 2-2 against Bromsgrove Sporting.

Tamworth match abandoned due to head injury

Elsewhere, Tamworth had their match abandoned for a second weekend in a row, this time due to a head injury sustained by Bilal Yafai.

Their game at Hitchin Town was stopped on 28 minutes before eventually being called off by the referee.

A Tamworth statement said: “Bilal Yafai sustained an injury in the first half on Saturday, December 18, 2021 against Hitchin Town resulting in the abandonment of the game.

“We’re pleased to say Bilal has been released from hospital and is returning home.

“We would like to place on record our gratitude to Hitchin Town and their physio Sam for their pitch assistance on and off the pitch.”

Their game with Biggleswade Town last Saturday had been abandoned at half-time due to an “alleged racist incident”, which the club are now investigating.

In the North West Counties Football League First Division South, Daniel Cope grabbed a hat-trick as Abbey Hulton United thrashed bottom club St Martins 6-0.

An Alex Curtis penalty saw Brocton draw 1-1 with Wythenshawe Amateurs while Eccleshall beat Cheadle Heath Nomads 3-2.

The Eagles are still four points from safety but are five points ahead of second-bottom Rocester who suffered a 4-0 defeat to Stafford Town.

Hanley Town are now seven points clear at the top of the Midland Football League Premier Division. They ran to a 4-0 win over Racing Club Warwick.

Lichfield City suffered their fourth straight league defeat, going down 2-1 to Worcester City.

Uttoxeter Town earned a 3-2 over Wolverhampton Casuals while Stone Old Alleynians lost 1-0 to Tividale.

A Nick Wellecomme double helped Heath Hayes to a 4-1 win against Cradley Town in Division 1.

Finally, Coton Green drew 1-1 with Kenilworth Sporting in Division 2.

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