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28 Apr 2001 DMP Fisher Athletic 0-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Martens Premier - Saturday 28th April, 2001

Fisher Athletic 0 Halesowen Town 0

A dismal first half left the sparse crowd in no doubt why both sides are already condemned to relegation. Central defenders Wayne Lloyd and Jason Owen were early injury casualties but the only attempts on goal came when Fisher’s Ross Edwards almost turned a backpass into his own net and Yeltz youngster Andy Spencer hit a cross from Les Hines over the bar on the half-hour.

Halesowen’s season-long lack of fire power came back to haunt them as they failed to turn long spells of pressure into goals at rain-soaked Fisher. However, for all Halesowen’s lack of punch, Fisher fared even worse and gave emergency goalkeeper Scott Turbutt an easy afternoon’s work in the Halesowen goal.

Halesowen were well on top after the break but could not convert their chances to leapfrog above Fisher in the table. Hines curled a 20 yard free-kick just high in the 58th minute before Spencer had another trio of efforts in increasingly treacherous conditions. His 59th minute diving header went just past the post and he then broke clear to hit a hard cross along the face of goal after an hour before drilling wide again in the 70th minute. Andy Iga turned a shot from Michael Crawford wide and Crawford then saw his 78th minute goalbound header stick in the mud.

For all their efforts Halesowen remain bottom of the table and must be crying out for a younger version of one of their legendary goal-scoring heroes from the past.

Fisher Athletic: Iga; Aris, Manning, Bircham, Edwards, Taylor, Powell, Tydeman, Tyne, Mighty (Moore 67), O’Neil. Subs: Cohen, Pacey

Halesowen Town: Turbutt; Skidmore, Burnham, Lloyd (Wood 14), Owen (Sutton 23), Smith, Crawford, Ince, Spencer, Bailey, Hines. Sub: Thomas

Referee: M. Knight (Hove)

Attendance: 129

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