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10 Nov 2001 DMW Cirencester Town 0-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western Division - Saturday, 10th November, 2001

Cirencester Town 0 Halesowen Town 1

Halesowen came up trumps with another late winner against a Cirencester outfit who had been performing better than their lowly league position suggests.


The visitors dug in at the start on a difficult pitch with Tim Clarke saving a 20-yard deflected shot from Andy Minturn after 8 minutes. Clarke then scooped the ball off the toe of David Godley and denied Godley again in the 24th minute, with the help of Neil Smith, as Cirencester employed the direct approach.

Halesowen started to overcome the home side’s physical style near half-time and won three free-kicks on the edge of the penalty area with goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer receiving a booking for handling outside his box. The game then threatened to bubble over with a couple of 20-man brawls in midfield.

Sawyer made a great save from Ross Collins after 50 minutes and Kerry Giddings had an overhead kick cleared from under the bar. Neil Smith volleyed the resulting corner just high as Halesowen dominated the second half.

Ross Collins made his mark on the game by hitting wide from a good position in the 74th minute and then forcing a fine save at the foot of the post by Sawyer. He went one better in the 78th minute by tapping home his second goal of the season from an inch perfect cross by find-of-the-season Richard Colwell who battled down the right wing.

Cirencester Town: Sawyer; Minturn, Richardson, Grange, Wollen, Mayo, Toby Clarke (Belcher 70), Horgan, Miller, Godley (J. Carter 62), Terry. Sub: Bass.

Halesowen Town: Tim Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, Smith, L. Collins, Skidmore, Hall (A. Carter 77), Jones, Giddings, Taylor, R. Collins. Subs: Spencer, Crawford.

Referee: S. Cook (Lyndhurst)

Attendance: 182

Booked: Sawyer (36), Terry (45), Hall (45)

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