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28 Mar 2000 DMP Bath City 0-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier League - Tuesday, 28th. March, 2000

Bath City 0 Halesowen Town 1

Lively Halesowen registered a rare but deserved away win with a competent display in an all or nothing fixture for title chasing Bath.

New boy Ian Aldridge latched onto a couple of early nervous defensive lapses in the home defence but as Bath settled, Mike Davis cut in from midfield to fire over in the 15th minute, Colin Towler’s free header went just over one minute later and leading marksman Martin Paul’s cross was cut out by goalkeeper Danny McDonnell. However, the visitors matched Bath in all departments with Adrian Cooper’s 17th minute header and Cartwright’s 25 yard drive both going close.

The Yeltz took the lead in the 31st minute when Aldridge took down Jason Owen’s cross following good work from Cooper and superbly side-stepped Towler before unleashing a 12 yard drive past Elliott Jackson.

At the start of a cracking second half, Halesowen’s Richard Crisp was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty before Bath’s Paul saw his 49th minute effort cleared off the goal line by Ashley Brown. Although McDonnell had to expertly block David Mehew in the 55th minute, it was Cooper, Aldridge and the tireless Clinton Thomas who provided a constant threat to the Bath backline on the break for Halesowen.

Davis fired inches wide for an increasingly desperate home side in the 72nd minute and the depressed home crowd could only watch in agony as Mark Harrington’s 81st minute lob over McDonnell struck the top of the bar after being set up by Player/Manager Paul Bodin.

Bath City: Jackson, Clode, Bodin, Harrington (Fraser 84), Towler, Campagna, Davis, Holloway, Mehew (James 63), Paul, Cox. Subs: Skidmore, Fraser, James. 

Halesowen Town: McDonnell, Brown, Owen, Wood, Smith, Gardiner, Cooper, Aldridge (Gennard 84), Thomas, Crisp, Cartwright (Wright 75). Subs: Lloyd, Wright, Gennard

Booked:  Campagna, Brown

Referee: S. Tanner (Bristol)

Attendance: 674

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