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24 Mar 2001 DMP Dorchester Town 1-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Saturday, 24th March, 2001

Dorchester Town 1 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen emerged as victors from their basement battle with Dorchester to exchange places at the foot of the table. The first half was a grim affair and confirmed why both teams find themselves in such trouble this season. Halesowen goalkeeper Andy Quy suffered an early knee injury, but a disappointing Dorchester were unable to put him under much pressure.

The game eventually sprung to life in the 55th minute when Neil Smith played a long ball out of the Halesowen defence and Dorchester goalkeeper Mark Ormerod missed his clearance under pressure from Dennis Bailey who was then was impeded by Jamie Impey as he bore down on goal. The referee showed Impey the red card and awarded a penalty to Halesowen, but the visitors wasted the opportunity when the normally reliable Les Hines struck his spot-kick well wide of the right-hand upright. With Halesowen protecting Quy and edging the balance of play against ten-man Dorchester, Bailey then set up Neil Smith but he blasted over from just 8 yards out.

As so often, Halesowen paid dearly in the 73rd minute when substitute Matt Groves hooked home a corner from Martyn Sullivan with the defence failing to clear. However, the Yeltz levelled within a minute with Peter Sutton following up to score when Bailey’s effort was blocked. Halesowen held their nerve and went on to claim all three points with a tremendous finish by ex-Birmingham City forward Ricky Otto who took the ball on from a midfield pass by substitute Michael Crawford before calmly slotting home beyond Ormerod in the 83rd minute.

Dorchester Town: Ormerod; Sullivan, Harris (Diaz 80), White, Gittens, Impey, Lonnon, Oldbury (Jermyn 57), Murray, Sargent, Holmes (Groves 65).

Halesowen Town: Quy; Crisp, Burnham, Walker, Wood, Smith, Skidmore, Ince (Crawford 72), Sutton, Bailey, Hines (Otto 72). Unused Sub: Ford

Booked: Skidmore (23), Harris (33), Wood (37). Sent Off: Impey (55)

Referee:  K. Johnson (Bristol)

Attendance: 426

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