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07 Nov 2000 BSC2R Halesowen Town 0-1 Redditch United PDF Print E-mail

Birmingham Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday, 7th November, 2000

Halesowen Town 0 Redditch United 1

The agony goes on. The lowest crowd for years (160) witnessed Halesowen being dumped out of the third cup competition in 8 days, each time at the first hurdle.

.“Whether we be young or old,
Our destiny, our heart’s being and home,
Is with infinitude, and only there;
With hope it is, hope that can never die,
Effort, and expectation, and desire,
And something evermore about to be.”
·William Wordsworth 1770-1850

Western Division Redditch, managed by ex-Halesowen player Rob Smith, carved out some good early chances and in the 15th minute Andy Comyn cleared a Nicky Cross header off the line. Two minutes later Cross forced an excellent save from Andy Quy from 15 yards. With Halesowen failing to create any chance of note it was Redditch who enjoyed a good spell in the ten minutes before half-time. In the 36th minute Jason Owen deflected Scott Colcombe’s effort onto the bar and Ian Bennett then forced a good save from Andy Quy.

For lack-lustre Halesowen Collins fed Aldridge in the 57th minute but he shot wide. In an incident similar to the Bilston game, Halesowen were awarded an indirect freekick just 7 yards from goal in the 68th minute after a Redditch backpass to the goalkeeper. However, unlike Saturday, the wall held firm and the effort was deflected over by Lee Knight.

Just as a grim 90 minutes was heading for extra-time Les Hines set off for goal on a left wing run with Ian Aldridge standing in an offside position. The referee ignored his assistant’s flag, judging that Aldridge was not interfering with Hines’s run. However, much to the annoyance of Redditch the ball then broke to Aldridge, but 17 year-old goalkeeper Mark Sheils raced off his line to clear the danger. With the crowd still discussing the incident, Ian Bennett broke clear at the other end and with play waved on, Bennett confidently took the ball on and rounded Quy before planting the ball in the net to give Redditch victory with the last kick off the game.

The Grove statistics tell the sorry story so far. From ten home matches, Halesowen have yet to win a game - scoring only 6 goals - none of which has come from a striker.

Halesowen Town: Quy; Darroch, Hines, Wood, Ford (W.Lloyd 45), Comyn, Collins, Aldridge, Sutton (Mason 45), Cartwright, Owen. Subs: P. Lloyd

Redditch: Sheils; Hamilton, Brown, Knight, Jackson, Myers, Hall, Nicholls, Cross (Danks 70), Bennett, Colcombe. Subs: Rees, Williams

Booked: Brown

Referee:  G. Aston (Wall Heath)

Attendance: 160

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