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27 Jul 2002 FRD Halesowen Town 3-0 Walsall PDF Print E-mail

Pre-Season Friendly - Saturday, 27th July, 2002.

Halesowen Town 3 Walsall 0

Halesowen maintained their 100% pre-season record with a comfortable win over a youthful Walsall line-up.

After just 2 minutes Andy Jones found an ocean of time and space in the Walsall penalty but still failed to beat goalkeeper Matty Harris. Two minutes later Jones strode through the Walsall midfield and defence but again fired straight at Harris. The Yeltz eventually took a 15th minute lead when Andy Spencer lobbed Harris from the edge of the penalty area. Little was seen of Walsall as an attacking force although home goalkeeper Tim Clarke dropped an 18th minute cross from Anthony Maguire.

In the second half a surging run from home substitute Jason Ashby let in Richard Leadbeater after 48 minutes but he scooped the ball wide from a good position. Tim Clarke collected a 25-yard free-kick from Alec Cunliffe in the 53rd minute but it was Halesowen who scored a second goal two minutes later when Leadbeater latched onto a right wing cross from Andy Spencer.

With Halesowen well in control Ashby headed just over from a Richard Colwell cross in the 63rd minute and three minutes later the lively Ashby turned the Walsall defence to set up Spencer but Harris tipped his 10-yard shot away for a corner.

Ashby was then bundled over in the penalty area and Les Hines stepped up to crash home from the penalty spot after 69 minutes. Substitute Jimmy Quiggin chipped over Harris’s bar after 70 minutes but the game was already effectively over as a contest.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell (Adams 75), Burnham (Reece 45), Neil Smith (Newall 45), L. Collins, Skidmore (Flynn 45), Spencer (R. Collins 75), Jones (Ashby 45), Leadbeater (Quiggin 65), M. Taylor (Goodwin 65), Hines.

Walsall: Harris; Lloyd, Bennett, Nick Smith, Caines, Cunliffe, Maguire, Paschalis, Bishop, Worley, Atieno. Subs: D.Taylor, Harkness, Platt, Coleman, O’Shea.

Referee:  M. Fletcher (Wolverley)

 
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