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03 May 2003 DMP Halesowen Town 3-2 Chippenham Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier Division – Saturday, 3rd May, 2003

Halesowen Town 3 Chippenham Town 2

James Bittner produced a solid performance in the Chippenham goal, handled well and could not be faulted for any of the goals. He produced several key saves in the second period and reacted well to save a header from Andy Spencer in the 62nd minute and a shot from Mark Danks seven minutes later.

The 24th minute brawl involving 20 players after Mark Badman hit Neil Gibson in the face with the ball turned a dull start into a lively affair. The resulting free-kick led directly to Chippenham’s opening goal and finally perked up a lack-lustre home side. Mark Badman was lucky to escape completely unpunished from the event. Chippenham had to settle for fifth place in the league after losing to relegated Halesowen for the third time this season. Last season’s two promoted teams have experienced vastly differing fortunes this term with Halesowen suffering their second relegation in three years back to the Western Division.

Commenting after the vital game, Manager Tommy Saunders felt his side had done enough to win the game early on and although clearly disappointed with the result he remained pleased with a credible fifth spot in their first season of Premier football.

Chippenham started strongly against their nervous hosts with Martin Paul striking wide in the 5th minute and Gary Horgan turning to hit a half-volley past the post on 14 minutes. Halesowen skipper Lee Collins was then on hand in the 22nd minute to clear up defensive confusion.

The game sparked to life in the 24th minute when Mark Badman picked up the ball and threw it into the face of Neil Gibson who had committed a foul. A mass brawl followed but remarkably the referee only spoke to Stuart Skidmore and Gary Horgan and let off the culprits without any kind of warning. The break in play caught Halesowen cold and Adie Mings headed Chippenham ahead with a simple 10-yard header directly from Charlie Griffin’s resulting 26th minute free-kick.

Halesowen’s first attempt on target came in the 28th minute when goalkeeper James Bittner parried away a shot from Jason Ashby and a minute later Gavin Stone powered in a header from a Lee Williams corner. Home goalkeeper Gary Hateley spilled a 33rd minute shot by Simon Charity from 20-yards but Collins tidied up again with Chippenham continuing to chase hard for third place in the league.

Halesowen levelled in the 39th minute when a Lee Williams corner was headed across goal by Collins for Gavin Stone to head home from close range despite Charity trying to clear off the line. Just before the break Les Hines saw a curling free-kick collected by Bittner and the Chippenham defence cleared an Ashby header from a Les Hines free-kick.

The home side looked more lively in the second period and Chippenham appeared to take their foot off the pedal. Mark Danks blasted high in the 51st minute and three minutes later a Williams free-kick came back out for Skidmore to drive over the bar from 25-yards out. Another Skidmore shot was deflected for Bittner to collect in the 59th minute and Danks curled past the post on the hour. Bittner then rescued Chippenham in the 62nd minute by clawing a header from substitute Andy Spencer around the post after Stone put in a cross from another Hines free-kick. With the hosts playing with increasing urgency, home player-of-the-season Richard Colwell surged from midfield but Bittner dived down low to save well from Danks in the 69th minute.

Chippenham regained the lead in the 70th minute when a through ball found Griffin free on the right and Paul followed up to head home on the goal-line after Hateley partly saved Griffin’s shot. Griffin found himself free again three minutes later when Stone lost the ball but he blasted wide from 10 yards out.

The plucky Yeltz produced a rousing finish with two goals in the last ten minutes to defeat Chippenham. Substitute Richard Leadbeater chased a long ball in the 80th minute and when the ball broke kindly he lashed into the roof of the net to equalise a second time for the hosts.  A shot from Williams was then blocked by Walker in the 85th minute but Halesowen’s brave fight-back was completed with the winning goal arriving four minutes from time when Griffin was penalised for pushing Danks in the penalty area. Hines stepped up to hit home the penalty to Bittner’s left but Halesowen were soon to learn that their win was to no avail as they still finished in the fourth relegation spot on goal difference.

Halesowen Town: Hateley; Colwell, Hines, Smith (Leadbeater 61), Collins, Stone, Williams, Ashby, Danks, Gibson (Spencer 52), Skidmore. Unused Subs: Trainer, Master, Garvey.

Chippenham Town: Bittner; Charity, Thorne, Towler, Davies, Badman, Harrington (Kear 89), Horgan, Mings (Walker 64), Paul, Griffin. Unused Subs: Andrews, Elsey, Bull.

Referee:  R. Shoebridge (Belper)

Assistant Referees: I. Smedley, M. Sutton

Attendance: 730

Yellow cards: Horgan (86)

Chippenham Man of the Match: James Bittner

Dr Martens Premier Division – Saturday, 3rd May, 2003

 

Halesowen Town 3 Chippenham Town 2

 

 

James Bittner produced a solid performance in the Chippenham goal, handled well and could not be faulted for any of the goals. He produced several key saves in the second period and reacted well to save a header from Andy Spencer in the 62nd minute and a shot from Mark Danks seven minutes later.

 

The 24th minute brawl involving 20 players after Mark Badman hit Neil Gibson in the face with the ball turned a dull start into a lively affair. The resulting free-kick led directly to Chippenham’s opening goal and finally perked up a lack-lustre home side. Mark Badman was lucky to escape completely unpunished from the event.

 

Chippenham had to settle for fifth place in the league after losing to relegated Halesowen for the third time this season. HAlesowen for the third time this season…

Last season’s two promoted teams have experienced vastly differing fortunes this term with Halesowen suffering their second relegation in three years back to the Western Division.

 

Commenting after the vital game, Manager Tommy Saunders felt his side had done enough to win the game early on and although clearly disappointed with the result he remained pleased with a credible fifth spot in their first season of Premier football.

 

Chippenham started strongly against their nervous hosts with Martin Paul striking wide in the 5th minute and Gary Horgan turning to hit a half-volley past the post on 14 minutes. Halesowen skipper Lee Collins was then on hand in the 22nd minute to clear up defensive confusion.

 

The game sparked to life in the 24th minute when Mark Badman picked up the ball and threw it into the face of Neil Gibson who had committed a foul. A mass brawl followed but remarkably the referee only spoke to Stuart Skidmore and Gary Horgan and let off the culprits without any kind of warning. The break in play caught Halesowen cold and Adie Mings headed Chippenham ahead with a simple 10-yard header directly from Charlie Griffin’s resulting 26th minute free-kick.

 

Halesowen’s first attempt on target came in the 28th minute when goalkeeper James Bittner parried away a shot from Jason Ashby and a minute later Gavin Stone powered in a header from a Lee Williams corner. Home goalkeeper Gary Hateley spilled a 33rd minute shot by Simon Charity from 20-yards but Collins tidied up again with Chippenham continuing to chase hard for third place in the league.

 

Halesowen levelled in the 39th minute when a Lee Williams corner was headed across goal by Collins for Gavin Stone to head home from close range despite Charity trying to clear off the line. Just before the break Les Hines saw a curling free-kick collected by Bittner and the Chippenham defence cleared an Ashby header from a Les Hines free-kick.

 

The home side looked more lively in the second period and Chippenham appeared to take their foot off the pedal. Mark Danks blasted high in the 51st minute and three minutes later a Williams free-kick came back out for Skidmore to drive over the bar from 25-yards out. Another Skidmore shot was deflected for Bittner to collect in the 59th minute and Danks curled past the post on the hour. Bittner then rescued Chippenham in the 62nd minute by clawing a header from substitute Andy Spencer around the post after Stone put in a cross from another Hines free-kick. With the hosts playing with increasing urgency, home player-of-the-season Richard Colwell surged from midfield but Bittner dived down low to save well from Danks in the 69th minute.

 

Chippenham regained the lead in the 70th minute when a through ball found Griffin free on the right and Paul followed up to head home on the goal-line after Hateley partly saved Griffin’s shot. Griffin found himself free again three minutes later when Stone lost the ball but he blasted wide from 10 yards out.

 

The plucky Yeltz produced a rousing finish with two goals in the last ten minutes to defeat Chippenham. Substitute Richard Leadbeater chased a long ball in the 80th minute and when the ball broke kindly he lashed into the roof of the net to equalise a second time for the hosts.  A shot from Williams was then blocked by Walker in the 85th minute but Halesowen’s brave fight-back was completed with the winning goal arriving four minutes from time when Griffin was penalised for pushing Danks in the penalty area. Hines stepped up to hit home the penalty to Bittner’s left but Halesowen were soon to learn that their win was to no avail as they still finished in the fourth relegation spot on goal difference.

 

Halesowen Town: Hateley; Colwell, Hines, Smith (Leadbeater 61), Collins, Stone, Williams, Ashby, Danks, Gibson (Spencer 52), Skidmore. Unused Subs: Trainer, Master, Garvey.

 

Chippenham Town: Bittner; Charity, Thorne, Towler, Davies, Badman, Harrington (Kear 89), Horgan, Mings (Walker 64), Paul, Griffin. Unused Subs: Andrews, Elsey, Bull.

 

Referee:  R. Shoebridge (Belper)

Assistant Referees: I. Smedley, M. Sutton

 

Attendance: 730

           

Yellow cards: Horgan (86)

Chippenham Man of the Match: James Bittner

 

 
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