For the second game running Gresley were denied a share of the points late on as Chasetown grabbed the winner with just minutes remaining in Tuesday night’s clash at the Scholars Ground.
Mark Goodfellow had given the Moatmen the lead from the spot only for Chasetown to level just before the break through Nicholas Wellecomme. The winner came six minutes from the end when the home side were awarded a soft penalty which Simon Brown comfortably dispatched.
Gresley were short of strikers, with Dean Oliver still recovering from a bout of sickness and Royce Turville starting what could be a long road to recovery from a knee injury.
In defence, skipper Jamie Barrett (knee) and the recently-signed Mitch Hanson (fluid on the knee) were absent, so Hayden John took the right back role.
Chasetown came out of the blocks quickly, putting Gresley under pressure with defender John Guy going into the referee’s notebook with just four minutes on the clock.
Ross Etheridge needed to be alert to turn away Simon Brown’s low shot before grabbing the ball as it headed to the top corner, again from Brown’s shot.
The first chance Gresley had was blocked, but just after the half hour mark they took the lead.
Kieran O’Connell burst into the area only to be brought down from behind, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot, and Goodfellow converted, sending Dan Watson the wrong way.
That seemed to fire up the home side even more and just before the break they were level when a run from Wellecomme ended with a low shot which squeezed under the body of diving Etheridge.
Seconds later, Chasetown should have taken the lead when the impressive Wellecomme made another run down the right before cutting inside, but instead of smashing a shot at goal he chose to square the ball for team-mate Grant Beckett, who embarrassingly fired over the gaping goal from close in.
The first half ended with Wellecomme planting his header just wide of the post.
Gresley faced more pressure at the start of the second half but they were the first to go close when Goodfellow curled a shot just past the far post with Watson struggling to get across his goal.
Seconds later a good move from the visitors deserved more but Sam Grice’s thunderous effort whistled over the bar.
For the final half hour Chasetown turned the screw, but some resolute defending seemed set to earn Gresley a share of the points.
Etheridge did well to get down quickly to save down to his left side, but the killer blow came with minutes left on the clock.
Brown ran into the area and went to ground under the faintest of touches from Guy, and yet again Gresley were to be denied a point as Brown himself converted from 12 yards.
With virtually the last kick of the game Gresley went close to grabbing an equaliser when a fine low cross into the box from O’Connell failed to find one of his team-mates.
GOALS: Goodfellow 34pen (Gresley); Wellecomme 40, Brown 84pen (Chastown)
Chasetown: Watson, Farmer, Keenan, Slater (c), Robinson, Jephcott (Butler 65), Brown, Bragoli, Wellecomme, Smith (Adaggio 77), Beckett; subs not used: Westwood, Teesdale, Downing.
MOATMEN: Etheridge, Johns, Harrison (Guest 86), Strzyzewski, Guy, Grice, Graves, Jepson (c) (Holmes 77), O’Connell, Spencer, Goodfellow; subs not used: Butler, Fitzhugh, Withers.
Referee: Mark Billingham (Stourbridge).
GRESLEY STAR MAN: John Guy – defended well under pressure and was unlucky for the penalty.