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10 Feb 2001 DMP Bath City 4-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Saturday, 10th February, 2001

Bath City 4 Halesowen Town 0

Bottom of the table Halesowen crashed to their worst league defeat for 10 years with another dismal show and unless Yeltz bosses can engineer a dramatic change they are surely sinking to certain relegation in a disastrous season.

Twerton Park had previously been a happy hunting ground for the Yeltz but after a drab opening in soggy conditions Bath raced into a two-goal lead with the help of sloppy defending. In the 13th minute Mark Clode’s cross from the right found Sam Allison with all the time and space in the world to calmly slot past goalkeeper Andy Quy. Quy could only watch five minutes later when Scott Walker hammered a 22-yard free kick into the top corner to increase the lead.

The long suffering away fans had little to lift their gloom although Neil Smith reversed the one-way traffic in the 45th minute when he brought out a fine save from Sal Bibbo.

Manager Alan Moore and assistant Gary Hackett rung the half-time changes but have yet to find the winning formula with their expensive collection of ex-League and Conference players being without a win since November.

But Bath, seeking a first win in seven games, pulled the plug on any Halesowen revival in the 63rd minute when Walker set up Allison to fire home from 10 yards off the post. Graham Colbourne completed the agony for the ragged visitors a minute from the end when he flicked the ball past Quy after a cross from substitute Jamie Gosling.

Bath City: Bibbo; Clode, Walker, Harrington, Towler, K.Lloyd, Tisdale, Colbourne, Fraser, Paul (Hughes 84), Allison (Gosling 78). Sub: Bodin

Halesowen Town: Quy; Crisp, Comyn, Wood, W. Lloyd (Mason 45), Ford, Carter, Piearce (Xiourouppa 32), Bowen (Sutton 78), N. Smith, Hines.

Booked: W. Lloyd (16)

Referee:  M. Gooding (Bristol)

Attendance: 686

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