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13 Oct 2001 FAC3QR Halesowen Town 0-2 Canvey Island PDF Print E-mail

FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round - Saturday 13th October, 2001

Halesowen Town 0 Canvey Island 2

Halesowen’s cup run and their unbeaten home record came to an end at the hands of big-spending FA Trophy holders Canvey Island from the Ryman League.

In an intriguing first half game of cat-and-mouse, Halesowen slowly settled and Canvey goalkeeper Ashley Harrison was forced to beat away a 28th minute cross from Les Hines. Andy Jones then clipped a 41st minute cross from Richard Colwell just past the post from 8 yards out.
Although Halesowen put up a brave fight, Canvey just had the edge and went into a 43rd minute lead when Paul Cobb took advantage of defensive hesitation to lob goalkeeper Tim Clarke.

In a rousing start to the second half, Ross Collins turned the Canvey defence in the 53rd minute and crossed for Jason Burnham to see his goal-bound header cleared off the line by Steve Ward. Hines then hit wide from 20 yards and Harrison intercepted another dangerous cross from Burnham in Halesowen’s best spell of the game.

With Halesowen in search of an equaliser, they inevitably left gaps at the back. Cobb hit a great chance wide in the 57th minute and then hit a shot straight at goalkeeper Clarke a minute later when free on goal.

Canvey’s second goal showed their true quality when ex-Crewe midfielder Chris Duffy carved open Halesowen’s normally mean defence leaving Miller free to fire past Clarke in the 80th minute. Two minutes from time, Clarke pulled out a great reflex save from substitute Lee Boylan’s header.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, N. Smith, L. Collins, R. Collins (Skidmore 63), Hall (Spencer 80), Jones, Giddings (May 63), Taylor, Hines. Subs: Knight, Garvey.

Canvey Island: Harrison; Kennedy, Duffy, Chenery, Bodley, Ward, Tilson, Stimson, Gregory, Miller (P. Smith 90), Cobb (Boylan 78). Subs: Bennett, Vaughan, Johnson.

Referee: S. Ainge (Walsall)  

Attendance: 823 

Booked: R. Collins (26), Jones (69), Gregory (72)

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