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09 Nov 2002 DMP Havant & Waterlooville 3-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier Division – Saturday, 9th November, 2002

Havant & Waterlooville 3 Halesowen Town 1

Halesowen’s recent run of good form ended abruptly in a wretched 20-minute spell that saw the Hawks romp into a three-goal lead to kill the game.

After an 18th minute penalty area tussle the ball broke for Shaun Hale to fire in a 25-yard shot that was heading well wide until James Taylor extended a leg to divert the ball into the net beyond Tim Clarke. On 32 minutes Clarke failed to gather Chris Ferrett’s corner and Gareth Hall shot through the crowded penalty area with the help of another deflection. With the danger of being over-run in midfield the visiting defence was caught out again in the 37th minute when Taylor headed home another Ferrett corner in the 6-yard box. By contrast, stand-in home goalkeeper Calvin Sparshatt was given an easy first-half ride.

The Yeltz looked more purposeful in the second period and pulled a goal back in the 51st minute with Les Hines swinging in a corner for Leroy May to head home his first goal since returning to the club. Ross Collins touched a Hines corner wide from close range in the 63rd minute and substitute Kirk Master’s 25-yard free-kick was turned away for a corner. Master’s 67th minute cross then ran across the face of the Havant goal.

In the dying minutes Richard Leadbeater’s 15-yard curling effort finally brought a fine save out of Sparshatt but Taylor should have completed his hat-trick at the other end when he scooped a Bobby Howe cross wide when unmarked.

Havant & Waterlooville: Sparshatt; Champion, Ferrett, Masson, Hall, Hanson, Wood (Ford 55), Hale, Howe, Taylor (Leworthy 90), Haughton. Unused Subs: Davis, Gale, Middleton.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Hines, Smith (Master 55), L. Collins, Stone, Skidmore, Leadbeater, May, R. Collins (Reece 76), Newall (Elmes 80). Unused Subs: Spencer, Garvey.

Referee:  I. Woodward (Seaford)

Attendance: 436

Booked: L. Collins (68)

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