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21 Dec 2002 DMP Hinckley United 1-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Premier Division – Saturday, 21st December, 2002

Hinckley United 1 Halesowen Town 1

Hearty Halesowen shared the points on a heavily-sanded surface despite dominating draw-specialists Hinckley.

In the sixth minute Richard Colwell sprayed out a long pass for Kirk Master cut in and fire a 25-yard shot against the base of the Hinckley post.

The Yeltz went ahead in the 18th minute when Jason Ashby won a long ball and played a perfect pass for battling midfielder Stuart Skidmore to plant a 20-yard strike into the top corner. Lee Collins then powered a 26th minute header high before visiting goalkeeper Chris Adamson tipped a Scott Voice header over the bar. A minute before half-time Colwell’s dipping shot was turned away for a corner by Whittle.

The Knitters levelled four minutes into the second half when substitute Martin Fox touched a free-kick for Voice to drive past the Halesowen defensive wall and beyond Adamson from 20 yards. Adamson then saved a free header from Voice in the 58th minute.

Halesowen finished strongly but could not find a winning goal. On the hour a 25-yard shot from Master was turned away for a corner by Whittle and four minutes later Neil Smith latched onto a cleared corner with a 25-yard strike which looked goal-bound before striking the Hinckley crossbar. Master then floated a 75th minute free-kick for Gavin Stone to ghost in at the far post to hit over from close range and in the 77th minute substitute Leroy May put a long cross wide of the mark in front of goal but Hinckley held on for the draw.

Hinckley United: Whittle; Cartwright, March, Crowley, Penny, Dakin, Storer, Dyer, Sadler, Voice, C. Smith (Fox 45). Unused Subs: Wilkes, Preston, Doughty.

Halesowen Town: Adamson; Newall, Hines, N. Smith, Collins, Stone, Skidmore, Ashby, Leadbeater (May 76), Master (Trainer 76), Colwell. Unused Subs: Brennan, Shanahan, Reece.

Referee: S. Cooke (Mansfield)

Attendance: 346

Booked: Storer (24)

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