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06 Mar 2000 DMP Worcester City 0-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier League - Monday, 6th. March, 2000

Worcester City 0 Halesowen Town 0

Despite recording only one win from their previous twelve outings, Halesowen produced a solid performance to earn a share the points in a hard fought local derby at St. George’s Lane.

Adrian Cooper combined with Richard Crisp to pose the greatest threat to the Worcester defence in the opening stages. In the 9th minute Cooper set Crisp free on the left and his cross was almost turned in for an own goal before goalkeeper Danny Watson came to the rescue. Cooper then broke from midfield in the 17th minute but fired a 15 yard effort straight at Watson before almost meeting a teasing Crisp cross at the far post ten minutes later.

At the other end, Danny McDonnell beat out a right wing corner from Jon Purdie and then clawed away a Steve Lutz header on 36 minutes from the eager home side. Worcester’s best chance fell at the end of the first half but McDonnell superbly blocked a Lutz shot from 5 yards following John Deakin’s corner.

After the restart, Watson had to punch clear in a goalmouth scramble with Halesowen unable to find a finishing touch. Worcester then cranked up the pressure and a 65th minute Bradley Sandeman cross was taken out by McDonnell, Deakin blasted a 25 yard shot just over and Ian Cottrill saw his 20 yard effort well saved. However, Worcester were unable to break down a stubborn Halesowen defence and with substitute Gennard looking lively up front for the shot-shy Yeltz, a draw was a fair result.

Worcester City: Watson, Sandeman, Willetts (Jukes 31), Tucker, Weir, Carty (Heeley 57), Deakin, Cottrill, M. Owen, Lutz, Purdie. Subs: Jukes, Heeley, Frost

Halesowen Town: McDonnell, Collins, J. Owen, Wood, Lloyd, Gardiner, Crisp, Payne (Gennard 73), Blake, Smith, Cooper. Subs: Gennard, Brown, Wright

Referee: P. Kirkup (Northampton)

Attendance: 1069

Booked: Payne (45)

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