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13 Feb 2001 DMP Burton Albion 1-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Tuesday, 13th February, 2001

Burton Albion 1 Halesowen Town 0

There was little to choose between the teams as Burton sweated to claim three points in their top-versus-bottom clash against an injury weakened Halesowen.

The Brewers started confidently and in the 10th minute Mark Blount’s near post effort was disallowed for offside before Richard Crisp cleared off his own goal-line a minute later in a spell of determined Halesowen defending, marshalled superbly by Jon Ford.

Burton notched the only goal of the game on the half-hour when a corner from Pat Lyons was sent back into the area and Darren Stride reacted quickly to beat Andy Quy with a close range overhead kick. The visitors enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure before half-time and in the 38th minute the lively Costas Xiourouppa won the ball in midfield before setting off on a tremendous run into the penalty area which deserved a better finish than Michael Mason’s weak curling shot.

Little was seen of the Burton attack in the second period as Halesowen belied their lowly position with some neat attractive football. In the 58th minute Crisp, Neil Smith and Causeway’s tireless midfielder Stuart Skidmore combined well but Matt Duke gathered Xiourouppa’s final shot.

Ford and Quy blocked Burton’s Dale Anderson when he ran clear on goal with ten minutes remaining and two minutes from time Xiourouppa drove Sam Bowen’s cross just wide. From then on, much to the large crowd’s annoyance, the league leaders were content to cling onto a narrow but vital victory in their quest for Conference football.

Burton Albion: Duke; Kavanagh, Henshaw, Glasser, Blount, Wassall, Stride, Anderson, Moore (Starbuck 68), Lyons, Webster (Holmes 64). Unused Sub: Rennie

Halesowen Town: Quy; Crisp, Ford, Comyn, Lloyd, Skidmore, Mason (Bowen 73), Xiourouppa, Sutton, Smith, Carter (Hines 69). Unused Sub: Creighton

Booked: Skidmore (52)

Referee:  P. Martin (Wellingborough)

Attendance: 1006

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