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16 Apr 2001 DMP Worcester City 4-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Monday, 16th April, 2001

Worcester City 4 Halesowen Town 1

A blank Bank Holiday finally shut the bottom-four trapdoor on Halesowen’s dreadful season and left the club to come to terms with their first recorded relegation since foundation in 1873.  Despite needing a fighting performance for survival, Halesowen produced an inept first half showing and went in with an inevitable two-goal deficit as a result of glaring defensive lapses.

Andy Ellis was left free to reach the left-hand by-line in the 23rd minute and was able to hook the ball past a static Andy Quy after his initial cross was cleared back to him. With Worcester on top, Burrow headed weakly wide and Heeley headed across goal with Wesley Joyce approaching at the far post. Joyce then launched a free-kick from his own half in the 32nd minute which Quy did well to turn away for a corner. Two minutes before the interval, Joyce unleashed another 60 yard free-kick which escasped the Halesowen backline for Burrow to nip in and prod past Quy on the volley.

Halesowen started the second half in spirited style and Skidmore almost latched onto a flick-on from Ross Collins in the 52nd minute. The visitors pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute when Collins turned the defence and squared the ball for substitute Andy Spencer to confidently beat ex-Halesowen goalkeeper Danny McDonnell. With the hint of a dramtic fightbakc, Stuart Skidmore then cracked a 20-yard effort against McDonnell’s crossbar as Halesowen’s confidence grew.

However, Worcester then unlocked Halesowen’s defence again in the 83rd minute when Ellis played a neat one-two and Phil Wood could only help his cross over his owen goal-line. Three minutes from time Worcester goalkeeper McDonnell robbed Ricky Otto and on the break Jamie Hyde’s cross was turned into his own net by Wayne Lloyd for a second own-goal from a demoralised Halesowen defence.

Worcester City: McDonnell; Carty (Lutz 78), Burrow, Joyce, Weir, Heeley, Hyde, Ellis, Owen, Shepherd, Cottrill. Subs: Tucker, Greenman.

Halesowen Town: Quy; Crisp (Hines 15), Burnham, Lloyd, Wood, Smith, Skidmore, Crawford, Collins, Bailey (Spencer 45), Otto. Sub: Ince

Booked: Wood (63)

Referee: A. Hendley (Rowley Regis)

Attendance: 942

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