Chaplins have been averaging more than seven goals per game this season and definitely fancied their chances of reaching double figures against their victory-eschewing hosts. That they didn’t manage to do so was down to some resolute defending and the occasional wayward finish.
Crowle opted to play on the lower pitch at Windsor Park and should have taken the lead when Curtis Brears hoofed a shot over the bar and into a neighbouring field. The match remained goalless for the first half hour but Chaplins took the lead with an acrobatic overhead kick following a rebound from the crossbar and went into the break two up through an own goal.
Chaplins kicked down the slope in the second half and seldom allowed the ball to leave Crowle’s end of the field but their free-scoring forwards were finding centre-halves Jay Brears and Daniel Harrison to be a tougher proposition than expected.
Only twenty minutes remained when Keys’ seemingly immovable defence was beaten again and when Chaplins benefitted from a second own goal (just as they did against Keys earlier this season) the points were heading back to Scawby.
A tap-in and a bullet header completed the scoring although the most spectacular event of the closing stages saw Daniel Harrison throw himself in front of a shot to deflect the ball over the bar. The Chaplins forward claimed a penalty for handball, the Keys defenders exchanged nervous glances and the spectators held their breath but the referee calmly pointed for a corner kick which led to nothing but the final whistle.
Keys will have to wait a month before their final game of the season, at Barnetby on April 22.