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16 Feb 2002 DMW Evesham United 0-3 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western Division – Saturday, 16th February, 2002

Evesham United 0 Halesowen Town 3

Evesham proved no match for Halesowen despite boasting three new signings – including former Yeltz triallist Alfie Carter and ex-Kidderminster Harriers league star Paul Webb. Halesowen rattled off their eighth straight away league win in a run which started at Stourport in November – a game which at 0-2 down was surely the major turning point of the season.

Although Evesham’s pitch was sticky, it was a vast improvement on Clevedon’s surface and at least allowed football to be played. But yet again, this was a game where Halesowen dug-in, battled away and completely outfought the opposition with a superior work-rate.

Jason Burnham picked up a bad home clearance after 7 minutes but his goal-bound shot was cleared off the goal-line by Evesham’s Campagna. Halesowen’s opening goal came in the 19th minute when Neil SMITH planted a delicate back-header home from Mark Taylor’s free-kick.

Evesham almost equalised with their best chance in the 26th minute when Paul Webb hit a 25 yard free-kick against the outside of the goalpost and nine minutes later Tim Clarke recovered from defensive confusion to save the ball on the line with Scott Mullen pouncing.

Struggling Paul Webb had a less than wonderful afternoon and was directly responsible for giving away the second goal. Terrier-like Stuart Skidmore, who ran Webb ragged all afternoon, was charged off the pitch by a crude Webb challenge in the 39th minute. The free-kick was beaten out by Adey, but Andy Spencer put the ball back in and MAY headed home the rebound in a packed goalmouth.

Even with a 2-0 half-time lead, Halesowen remained focussed, determined and hungry for more goals. On the hour Halesowen produced a great move when Les Hines crossed from the left and May’s diving header flew just high. The third goal in the 64th minute owed much to sheer persistence when Andy Spencer charged from midfield and forced a bad goal-keeping clearance which fell to Les Hines who selflessly passed across goal for SPENCER to calmly slot home.

Never-say-die Halesowen almost added further goals when May’s flick on found Bailey in the 70th minute, but his shot was diverted for a corner. Substitute Lee Ross then latched onto an up-and-under two minutes from full-time, but then hit his effort over the bar.

Evesham Utd: Adey; Smith (A), Cudworth, Campagna, West, Lutz (Brown 67), Carter, Webb, Mullen, Pratt, Preedy. Subs: Parmenter, Pendleton.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, N. Smith, L. Collins, Skidmore, Spencer (Hall 87), Bailey (Ross 77), May (Jones 77), Taylor, Hines.

Referee: I. Batchelor (Bicester)

Attendance: 288

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