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10 Apr 2001 DMP Crawley Town 2-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Tuesday, 10th April, 2001

Crawley Town 2 Halesowen Town 1

Once again Halesowen won all the plaudits from their hosts for delivering a fine performance, yet went home empty-handed and back on the bottom of the table. The Yeltz started in determined fashion and won three corners in the first couple of minutes before going on to dominate the first half in which Crawley defended a total of eight corner kicks.

Neil Smith drove high from 25 yards in the 32nd minute before another terrific Halesowen move inspired by Les Hines saw Stuart Skidmore put Clinton Thomas clear, but his final shot went just over.

Crawley took the lead against the run of play a minute before the break when Mark Hawthorne’s right-wing cross was side-footed home from an acute angle by Mark Hynes in their first serious strike. Michael Crawford then saw his header tipped over by Andy Little in the Crawley goal in first-half stoppage time.

Crawley notched a flattering second four minutes into the second half when Hynes crossed for Hawthorne to crack a one-in-a-million volley into the top corner from 20 yards. However, Halesowen’s heads failed to drop and they pulled a goal back in the 56th minute with Crawford burying a 20-yard left foot shot beyond Little. Richard Crisp then helped Dennis Bailey beat the offside trap but his effort went inches high with the visitors seeking a reward from their flowing football.

Halesowen’s final fling in injury time saw substitute Ricky Otto loft the ball just wide of goal and Little save from Crawford but the home defence grimly hung on for a victory that was scarcely merited.

Crawley Town: Little; Wackett, Holmes, Hawthorne, Pullan, Ugbah, Carroll (Payne 75), Anderson, Wordsworth, Hynes, Powell (Brake 85). Unused Sub: Huggins

Halesowen Town: Quy; Crisp (Otto 69), Burnham, Lloyd, Wood, Smith, Skidmore (Spencer 54), Crawford, Thomas (Walker 54), Bailey, Hines.

Booked: Crawford (77), Powell (80), Wordsworth (90)

Referee: B. Baker (Andover)

Attendance: 451

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