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28 Jan 2003 WSC2R Halesowen Town 2-1 Worcester City PDF Print E-mail

Worcestershire Senior Cup 2nd Round – Tuesday, 28th January, 2003

Halesowen Town 2 Worcester City 1

Halesowen notched their vital first win of 2003 in a low-key affair against a youthful Worcester line-up.

With both sides showing a number of changes, Worcester’s Stewart Hadley was only inches away from meeting a dangerous 6th minute cross by Dean Smith. Halesowen’s Richard Leadbeater then went close three minutes later when he rounded Paul Wyatt but the goalkeeper recovered to make a fine save.

Fluent football was difficult on the sticky playing surface but the Yeltz took a 13th minute lead when Fraser McHugh took a direct free-kick near the left touch-line and the ball drifted across goal to evade a surprised Wyatt. Andy Spencer then side-stepped his marker in the 24th minute to drive at Wyatt from the edge of the box. Worcester equalised a minute before the break with Hadley slotting past Tim Clarke after being put through on goal by Dean Smith.

Substitute Darren Middleton chipped weakly at Clarke in the 49th minute after the home goalkeeper made a poor clearance before Kirk Master grabbed Halesowen’s winning goal on 50 minutes by beating Wyatt with a low drive from the left following a flick-on by Leadbeater. Leadbeater then danced through the Worcester defence in the 69th minute but substitute Leroy May shot just wide.

Six minutes from time a David Holmes effort was cleared off the goal-line by Neil Smith to ensure  Halesowen’s passage into the semi-final.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Newall, Charlton, N. Smith, L. Collins, R. Collins, Spencer (Ashby 56), Master (May 66), Leadbeater, McHugh, Hines (Trainer HT). Unused Subs: Skidmore, Stone.

Worcester City: Wyatt; Holloway, Carty, Jones, Shail (Heeley 62), Burrow, D. Smith, Counsell, Hadley (Middleton HT), Willetts, Tomkins (Holmes HT). Unused Subs: McDonald, Hayes.
Referee:  J. Holbrook (Kidderminster)

Attendance: 178

Sponsors’ Man of the Match: Lee Collins


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