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21 Sept 2002 DMP Halesowen Town 0-2 Crawley Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier Division – Saturday, 21st September, 2002

Halesowen Town 0 Crawley Town 2

Halesowen’s goal famine now stretches to just one strike in seven games as they lost their unbeaten home record to a late brace from Nic McDonnell.

New signing Kirk Master made his full home debut and was immediately in action when he drove wide from 20 yards in the 6th minute. Crawley were awarded a 13th minute free-kick on the edge of the area and although Mo Harkin planted the ball into the net the effort was disallowed with the referee still positioning the wall.

Halesowen missed the best chance of the half after 34 minutes with the dangerous Master side-stepping his marker to drive in a 20-yard shot that Tommy Dunn could only parry out to Rob Elmes, but the striker blasted over an empty net from 6 yards. Three minutes before half-time Master made another telling left-wing run but just failed to cut the ball back into the path of Les Hines.

There were few chances to break the deadlock at the start of the second half but Tim Clarke dived to collect a McDonnell header as Crawley forced two corners on the hour.

Crawley claimed the three points with two late goals from centre-forward McDonnell - the first arriving in the 73rd minute when he hit home a Fear cross from 10 yards. Substitute Richard Leadbeater almost forced an equaliser for goal-shy Halesowen but his header was cleared off the line by substitute Payne in the 79th minute. Nine minutes from time McDonnell latched onto a ball from Harkin to round Clarke and hit home from 12 yards out.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, Smith, Collins, Newall, Quiggin (Taylor 55), Master, Elmes (Leadbeater 76), Spencer, Hines. Unused Subs: Reece, Ashby, Shanahan

Crawley Town: Dunn; Judge (Payne 74), Cooksey, Hooper, Pullen, Fear, Holmes, Harkin, McDonnell, Stevens, Le Bihan. Unused Subs: Hockton, Hemsley, Brake, McKoy.

Referee:  P. Cox (Bedford)

Attendance: 547

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