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19 Feb 2002 DMW Halesowen Town 1-0 Cirencester Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western Division - Tuesday, 19th February, 2002

Halesowen Town 1 Cirencester Town 0

Table-topping Halesowen strode further towards their title ambitions with a vital narrow victory against their plucky young Cirencester opposition.

The home side applied early pressure with Andy Spencer just failing to connect with Mark Taylor’s incisive 8th minute pass into the box. A Les Hines corner was then met by Dennis Bailey with a diving header in the 14th minute but goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer saved at full stretch.

Jason Burnham made a crucial clearance from Toby Clarke to concede a corner after 19 minutes before Halesowen notched the decisive goal in the 21st minute when Andy Spencer latched onto a through-ball and rounded goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer to finish with his left-foot. Leroy May then hit just wide from Mark Taylor’s cross eight minutes before half-time.

A scrappy second half saw few chances with Cirencester gradually gaining the upper hand in midfield in the swirling wind and heavy rain. Gary Horgan’s long-distance free-kick was deflected away on the hour and Cirencester then missed their best chance of the game when a cross from the right was met by Toby Clarke in the clear but he glanced his header wide with substitute Ashley Read waiting at the far post.

Kevin Sawyer produced a fine save from a Lee Collins header after 72 minutes but on full-time a header from Cirencester’s Andrew Minturn flew just wide at the other end. However, as conditions deteriorated the Yeltz were content to collect three points to increase their league-leading position.

Halesowen Town: Tim Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, Smith, L. Collins, Skidmore, Spencer, Bailey, May, Taylor, Hines. Subs: Ross, Jones, Hall.

Cirencester Town: Sawyer; Minturn, Blastland, Mayo, Woollen, Goodwin, Terry (Read 57), Horgan, Miller, Godley, Toby Clarke. Subs: Dale, Probart.

Referee:  M. Edwards (Swadlincote)

Attendance: 403

Booked:  Mayo (27), Spencer (85)

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