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13 Nov 2001 DMC1R Bilston Town 1-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Cup 1st Round - Tuesday, 13th November, 2001

Bilston Town 1 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen bowed out of the Dr Martens Cup at the first hurdle with a disappointing last minute defeat at financially troubled Bilston.

Ross Collins went close for the Yeltz in the first minute when he burst forward but the makeshift striker slotted wide of the post. Manager Brendan Phillips used several fringe squad players but Halesowen looked disjointed all evening and after losing the ball in midfield it was Bilston’s Mark Habbershaw who flashed an effort wide of Tim Clarke’s upright after 27 minutes.

Les Hines delivered a cross of quality on the half-hour to Andy Jones but his header fell just wide of the post. Four minutes later Hines went on a solo run but his shot from 20 yards dipped just over the bar.

There was scant second half entertainment to warm a bitter Bilston evening although a shot from Hines was whistling into the net until deflected for a corner by Bilston defender Dave Benton in the 55th minute. Alfie Carter then saw his header fly over the bar from substitute Matty Hall’s cross and a 67th minute throw-in from Hines was headed on by Kerry Giddings but Carter struck the side-netting. Andy Spencer hit a good chance against the legs of goalkeeper Matthew Boswell in the 86th minute as Halesowen struggled to find the net.

Little was seen of the home side until the 89th minute when Tim Clarke made a great save to deny a Leon Jackson header, but Jackson hit the winner from 6 yards out in the dying seconds when Clarke’s defence failed to clear.

Bilston Town: Boswell; Leeding, Hillman, Stone, Benton, Baddams (Bastable 81), Naylor, Jackson, Habbershaw (Lee 69), Rollason, Smith. Sub: Walters.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Crawford, Knight, L. Collins, Skidmore, Spencer, Jones (Giddings 59), R. Collins (Hall 45), Carter, Hines. Sub: Burnham.

Referee:  A. McIlravey (Redditch)

Attendance: 207

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