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19 Jan 2002 DMW Gloucester City 0-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western Division – Saturday, 19th January, 2002

Gloucester City 0 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen were set on their way to victory by a superb Stuart Skidmore strike in a solid display which ended Gloucester’s eight-game unbeaten run.

Les Hines stabbed wide in the 5th minute as Halesowen started strongly but Will Steadman headed wide with the goal at his mercy for Gloucester in the 11th minute. Steadman then drove a shot inches high from 20 yards out following a poor throw-out by Halesowen goalkeeper Tim Clarke.

The league leaders took a 20th minute lead when Lee Ross headed on for Andy Spencer to lay the ball off for Skidmore to hit a screaming volley into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Gloucester then enjoyed a good spell of pressure and came within an ace of equalising through Gary Marshall in the 33rd minute, but Clarke did well to smother his shot on the goal-line. Matt Bath produced a fine double save in the Gloucester goal to deny Jason Burnham’s 15-yard shot before turning Spencer’s follow-up for a corner.

The Tigers worked hard for an equaliser in a tough second half but Halesowen were equal to the battle and were superior in their neat approach play. The Yeltz went two goals up after 74 minutes when Hines hit a cross to find playmaker Mark Taylor and he rolled the ball across goal for Ross to poke home.

Gloucester should have scored a consolation goal when Marshall blazed over the bar in the 84th minute before Halesowen substitute Gary Smith saw an 89th minute strike disallowed for offside from the in-form Leroy May’s cross.

Gloucester City: Bath; Steadman, Marshall, Griffiths, Prince (Howard 85), McCluskey, Burns, Jenkins, Bayliss, L. Smith, Cook (Webb 56). Sub: Archer.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, N. Smith, L. Collins, Skidmore, Spencer, Ross (G. Smith 80), May, Taylor, Hines. Subs: Newell, Gray.

Referee: M. Gooding (Bristol)

Attendance: 476

Booked: Cook (54), Ross (61), Skidmore (68)

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