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28 Sept 2002 FAC2QR Sutton Coldfield Town 0-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round – Saturday, 28th September, 2002

Sutton Coldfield Town 0 Halesowen Town 2

The gulf between the Western and Premier divisions was plain to see with Halesowen dominating a game they could have won by a higher margin.

Halesowen sought to avenge their only away league defeat of last season and piled on the early pressure. Richard Leadbeater shot on sight from 20 yards in the 13th minute and fellow striker Jason Ashby blasted over from just 5 yards three minutes later. Leadbeater took too long to turn after 25 minutes and saw his shot deflect off a defender before hitting the crossbar.

The Yeltz broke their goal drought in the 32nd minute when Colwell swung in a cross for Leadbeater to turn and crack into the roof of the net from 6 yards. Andy Spencer missed a great chance to extend the lead right on half-time when he was put clear on goal by Taylor but Bray spread himself to save a certain goal.
Sutton’s Simon Tucker cracked just wide and Michael Gray fired in from the left after 65 minutes in a good Sutton spell. But Halesowen were in no mood for slipping up and should have added further goals. Spencer hit well over from just 10 yards out in the 67th minute and Bray then saved low down from Spencer after a fine 76th minute left-wing run by Ashby.

Halesowen ensured their safe passage into today’s 3rd qualifying round draw when
Ashby latched onto a long clearance from Clarke and calmly hit a half-volley into the bottom corner for the second goal after 84 minutes.

Sutton Coldfield Town: Bray; Bailey (Baker HT (Perrow 73)), Randall (Maragh 79), Howard, Farmer, Jones, Moran, Gray, Dyer, Tucker, Massingham. Unused Subs: Ling, Thompson.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Burnham, Smith, L. Collins, Newall (R. Collins 89), Spencer, Ashby, Leadbeater, Taylor, Hines (Reece 86). Unused Subs: Elmes, Skidmore, Garvey.

Referee: P. Thompson (Chesterfield)

Attendance: 269

Booked: Farmer (31)

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