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25 Feb 2003 DMP Halesowen Town 0-1 Weymouth PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier Division – Tuesday, 25th February, 2003

Halesowen Town 0 Weymouth 1

Halesowen’s season continued to deteriorate into a haunting re-run of their relegation two years ago as they failed to score for the 10th time in 15 home league games.

In a must-win game for the two relegation threatened teams, it wasn’t until 28 minutes that the much-changed Yeltz troubled the Weymouth defence when skipper Lee Collins saw his effort grabbed at the second attempt by goalkeeper Jason Matthews at the base of the post. A minute later Jason Ashby broke and crossed from the left but Kirk Master’s header was off-target and Lee Williams hit the loose ball over the bar in Halesowen’s best chance of the night. A Collins header was then cleared off the goal-line by Danny Bailey.

Weymouth then enjoyed their own best spell with a Lee Phillips header bouncing just over the bar from Steve Tully’s cross on 33 minutes. Martyn Sullivan then weaved into the Halesowen area with recently-returned favourite striker David Laws putting the loose ball wide and Sullivan’s 15-yard shot forced a one-handed reflex save from Tim Clarke. Weymouth grabbed the decisive goal on 40 minutes when Phillips took advantage of sloppy defending to fire home from the edge of the box.

Halesowen heads dropped in a second half bereft of entertainment although Williams curled a 55th minute shot at Matthews. The Terras could have increased the lead on 65 minutes when Ian Hutchison set up Laws, but he blasted high. Three minutes from full-time Matthews made a fine blocking save to deny home substitute Phil Trainer from a Les Hines corner.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Hines, Bauress (Trainer 78), Collins, Stone, Williams, Ashby, Master (Dunkley 61), McHugh, Skidmore. Unused Subs: Smith, Charlton, Leadbeater.

Weymouth: Matthews, Tully, S. Browne, A. Browne, Kenway, Bailey, Robinson, Hutchinson, Sullivan, Laws, Phillips. Unused Subs: Ashford, Whiteman, Sajic, Hale.

Referee:  A. Henley (Cradley)

Attendance: 294

Booked:  Skidmore (7)

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