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22 Mar 2003 DMP Halesowen Town 1-1 Bath City PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier Division – Saturday, 22nd March, 2003

Halesowen Town 1 Bath City 1

The Yeltz battled back to earn a point in another small stepping stone towards safety from relegation.  Halesowen were seeking an elusive home win but were second-best to Bath in the first-half and had Tim Clarke to thank for keeping the scores level.

The giant goalkeeper clawed away a Jason Eaton header from an Andy Williams cross in the 8th minute and raced out of goal on 28 minutes to block from Dave Toomey. Toomey’s 36th minute shot was then deflected for a corner by Richard Colwell with the home side struggling to get the ball free from their own area.

A 20th minute Lee Collins header represented goal-shy Halesowen’s only real chance of the first half but stand-in goalkeeper Ellis Glassup saved under his crossbar.

Lee Williams almost caught Bath cold a minute into the second half with a quickly taken free-kick but Glassup saved from Fraser McHugh. The visitors deservedly took a 62nd minute lead when Paul Milsom ran through the home defence and turned to hit past Clarke from 15 yards. Gavin Stone rose above the Bath defence to flash home a header into the roof of the net from a Lee Williams corner to put Halesowen level after 74 minutes.

The equaliser finally ignited Halesowen’s self-belief and Bath weathered a difficult last few minutes. Substitute Richard Leadbeater side-footed wide from 20 yards in the 83rd minute and two minutes later Jason Ashby’s shot was blocked by Jim Rollo.

Halesowen travel to meet high-flying local rivals Worcester City this evening.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Charlton, Skidmore, Collins, Stone, L. Williams, Ashby, Danks (Leadbeater 65), McHugh, Blackwood. Unused Subs: Hines, Gibson, Smith, Master.

Bath City: Glassup; Bennett (Tweddle 65), Trought, Coupe, Kemp, Rollo, Gosling (Shore 82), Milsom, Eaton, Toomey (James 67), A. Williams. Unused Subs: Cleverley, Honor.

Referee:  J. Hubbard (Leicester)

Attendance: 507

Booked: Blackwood (34)

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