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20 Oct 2018 CPL Halesowen Town 1-1 Needham Market PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League South - Premier Division Central - Saturday, 20th October 2018
Halesowen Town 1 Needham Market 1
Halesowen had to be content with a draw after a high quality finish from Lee Hughes was cancelled out by Reece Dobson's equally fine volley, writes David Johnson. Prior to the kick-off a one-minute silence was held in remembrance of Spencer Digby, owner of club sponsor Spencer Signs, who passed away aged 44.

Manager John Hill was left disappointed not to take all three points. "After taking a deserved lead, we had a great chance to make it 2-0 and wrap up the game. But it's important to remember that we still remain unbeaten at home in the league."
Halesowen were first to feature when captain Danny Bragoli's low shot was collected by visiting goalkeeper Jake Jessup after five minutes. But the Marketmen soon settled on their first ever visit to the Grove and Gareth Heath's low shot was saved by the legs of young home goalkeeper Cameron Gregory after Luke Ingram flicked on with a 13th minute header. Needham then planted a free header wide from the resulting corner.
New home loan signing Ravi Shamsi increasingly started to create danger late in the first half and he burst forward from midfield in the 34th minute, but his attempted chip was turned away for a corner. Two minutes later Shamsi played a great ball out to Jack Kelly, who in turn found James Roberts, only for Jessup to make a good save low down with the loose ball turned away for a corner from Hughes. Jessup then kept out Kelly's low 20 yard drive five minutes before the interval.
Needham play-maker Heath went close with a clever back flick at the start of the second half and his long free-kick was pushed away by goalkeeper Gregory shortly afterwards.
HUGHES gave Halesowen the lead in the 58th minute with a controlled finish on the volley from substitute Tobias Hayles-Docherty's right wing cross. The Yeltz then had several chances to secure victory with a second goal. Jessup saved with his legs from Roberts after 61 minutes and Hughes went close by heading the resulting corner just wide. The ball was then laid off by Shamsi for Roberts to lift a golden chance over the bar in the 69th minute after Callum Sturgess was dispossessed in midfield.
The Marketmen punished the Yeltz when substitute DOBSON flicked the ball up and volleyed home a superb 76th minute equaliser from 8 yards after Heath supplied the ball from the right. The visitors enjoyed the better of late play and Adam Mills fired a good chance wide in the 86th minute.
Needham manager Richard Wilkins thought his side had done well in a close encounter. "We dug deep after going a goal behind and scored a deserved equaliser. We then had the better opportunities late on and might have won it with a bit more quality. But it's a good result with our number of injuries and the long, early journey."

Halesowen Town: Cameron Gregory; Christos Shelis, Jack Kelly, Jack Rea, Kieran Morris, Asa Charlton, Ivor Lawton (Tobias Hayles-Docherty 46), Danny Bragoli (c), Lee Hughes (Jordan Goddard 80), James Roberts, Ravi Shamsi. Subs Not Used: Bradley Lewis, Aaron Gilpin, Sam Tonks.
Needham Market: Jake Jessup; Jake Dye, Callum Sturgess, Sam Squire, Kieran Morphew, Daniel Morphew, Jeremiah Kamanzi (Reece Dobson 70), Gareth Heath (c), Luke Ingram, Tariq Issa, Adam Mills. Subs Not Used: Conor McLaughlin, Thomas Woerndl, Nathan Munson, Finlay Shorten (GK).
Referee: Scott Chalkley
Attendance: 502
Booked: D. Morphew (22), Heath (56), Hayles-Docherty (67), Mills (68)
'Tulleys Print' HTFC Man of the Match selected by Dan Platt: Ravi Shamsi
Non-League Paper Star Man: Gareth Heath (Needham Market)

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