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13 Apr 2002 DMW Halesowen Town 0-0 Gloucester City PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western Division – Saturday, 13th April, 2002

Halesowen Town 0 Gloucester City 0

Halesowen are keeping their expectant fans waiting to clinch the title after being held to a goal-less draw by gallant Gloucester. The Yeltz still require a further point to be mathematically certain of being crowned as champions.

Ball control was difficult on a rock-hard surface and shots flew high over the bar all afternoon in a game dominated by the Yeltz. Alex Cowley turned and fired wide after four minutes and Andy Spencer hit the cross-bar four minutes later. Just before half-time Cowley delivered from the right and visiting defender Neil Griffiths just nudged the ball past his own post for a corner.

Gloucester’s best opportunity came in the 50th minute when young loan goalkeeper Clint Davies gifted the ball to Luke Prince but central defender Lee Collins made a great saving tackle in front of an empty net. Les Hines and Cowley fired further shots well over the bar before the Tigers’ goalkeeper Matt Bath made a fine blocking save from a May header with Andy Jones and Gary Smith ready to pounce in the 80th minute. With growing frustration, Halesowen mounted a final frantic assault on the Gloucester goal but could not break the deadlock to collect the Western Division trophy.

Halesowen Town: Davies; Colwell, Burnham, N. Smith, L. Collins, Cowley (Bailey), Spencer (G. Smith), Jones, May, Taylor, Hines. Sub: R. Collins.

Gloucester City: Bath; Steadman, Marshall (Webb), Griffiths, Wilkinson, McCluskey, Burns, Jenkins, Thompson (L. Smith), Hoskins, Prince. Sub: Howard.

Referee:  S. Ainge (Walsall)

Attendance: 777

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