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05 Sept 2000 DMP Halesowen Town 1-2 Burton Albion PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier League - Tuesday, 5th September, 2000

Halesowen Town 1 Burton Albion 2

Luckless, managerless and injury-weakened Halesowen slumped to second from bottom despite a gritty performance against much fancied Burton Albion.

Halesowen goalkeeper Andy Quy was in fine form punching clear Player-Manager Nigel Clough’s early freekick and he then raced off his line in the 19th minute when Phil Wood left his back pass short. Neil Cartwright and Ross Collins drove just wide for Halesowen before Burton’s Darren Stride saw his 40th minute header crash against the crossbar from Aaron Webster’s cross.

The dangerous Webster posed a continuous threat and Jason Kavanagh headed his 45th minute cross just wide.

After the break Webster’s corner hit Clough, but Andy Comyn managed to slice the ball off the line. Quy then produced a fine save to tip over Dale Anderson’s bouncing drive but Burton took the lead from the resulting corner in the 54th minute when Stride headed home.

Halesowen worked hard in the second half and substitute Stuart Payne latched onto Jon Ford’s 75th minute cross but saw his effort well saved by Nick Goodwin. Burton extended their lead five minutes from time when Jason Kavanagh played a neat interchange with Anderson and tucked the ball into the corner of the net beyond Quy. Halesowen were finally rewarded with an injury time consolation goal with Burton’s Mark Blount heading over his own goalkeeper into the net with Burton surviving the following last-ditch assault for an equaliser.

Halesowen Town: Quy; Comyn, Ford, Wood, Lloyd, Cartwright (Payne 45), Collins, Darroch, Griffiths, Dixon, Hines. Subs: Piggott, Dodd

Burton Albion: Goodwin; Davies (Holmes 86), Henshaw, Glasser (Garner 89), Blount, Wassall, Stride, Kavanagh, Anderson (Moore 85), Clough, Webster.

Booked: Cartwright, Darroch, Ford, Collins, Griffiths, Wood

Referee:  S. Dorr (Worcester)

Attendance: 669

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