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31 Mar 2001 DMP Merthyr Tydfil 0-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Saturday, 31st March, 2001

Merthyr Tydfil 0 Halesowen Town 0

Under normal circumstances, Halesowen would be pleased with a creditable draw against a miserly Merthyr defence but in their current plight they need to be winning matches. However, new manager Brendan Phillips has instilled a sense of self-belief in his players and the message from Halesowen is that they will not be giving up their Premiership place without a fight.

Fresh from their shock victory over Cardiff City, Justin Perry whipped in a speculative shot for Merthyr in the 8th minute that almost caught out goalkeeper Andy Quy after Richard Crisp had left a backpass fall short. Halesowen’s best chance to sneak a win fell just three minutes later when Stuart Skidmore put over a right wing cross which Peter Sutton took down but then blasted straight at goalkeeper Neil Thomas from only five yards out. Halesowen soaked up some late first half pressure with Wayne Lloyd making some excellent clearances as Merthyr won five consecutive corners.

Neither side were able to break the deadlock in the second period although Jason Burnham and Neil Smith both sent in long range efforts to test Neil Thomas in the Merthyr goal. Halesowen then successfully defended a number of Merthyr corners to claim a point which may yet prove to be vital in their relegation battle.

Merthyr Tydfil: N. Thomas; Regan, King, Carter (Walker 84), Abraham (Elliott 18), Philpott, Needs, Price, Ryan, Perry, G.Thomas. Sub: Giles

Halesowen Town: Quy; Crisp, Burnham, Lloyd, Wood, Smith, Skidmore, Crawford, Sutton (Otto 65), Bailey, Hines. Subs: Spencer, Owen

Booked: G.Thomas (76)

Referee: M. Gooding (Bristol)

Attendance: 464

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