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26 Nov 2002 DMLC2R Halesowen Town 4-3 Evesham United PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens League Cup 2nd Round – Tuesday, 26th November, 2002

Halesowen Town 4 Evesham United 3

Halesowen’s blushes were spared with a late winner after allowing lower league Evesham to make a spirited fight-back.

Evesham took an 8th minute lead with Steve Lutz driving home a left wing cross from 15-yards out but Kirk Master put Halesowen level within a minute when he hit home a rebound after Karl Brennan hit the post. Master then notched his second goal in the 11th minute by glancing home a header from a left-wing corner before being substituted by Andy Spencer eight minutes later. New signing Phil Trainer gave Halesowen a comfortable 3-1 half-time lead by touching a right-wing cross beyond goalkeeper Chris Taylor from close range.

Battling Evesham took the game to Halesowen in the second-half with Nathan Jukes reducing the arrears in the 49th minute by sending Tim Clarke the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Spencer headed over the bar from close range in the 51st minute and scuffed a shot wide of goal six minutes later for the hosts but it was Evesham substitute Shaun Pratt who equalised when he rushed in at the far post to convert a dangerous 63rd minute cross. With Evesham worrying a shaky home defence Clarke was forced to make a fine 65th minute save from in-space Lutz.

The Yeltz hit an 86th minute winner when Taylor rushed out of goal to clear from the incoming Ashby but the ball fell for ex-Crewe youngster Trainer to hit his second goal by planting the ball into the empty net from the halfway line.

Halesowen Town: Clarke; Colwell, Reece, Newall, L. Collins, Stone (R. Collins HT), N. Smith, Brennan, Leadbeater, Master (Spencer 19 (Ashby 59)), Trainer. Unused Subs: Skidmore, Hines.

Evesham United: Taylor; A. Smith, West (Pinkney 59), Gardiner, Powell, Jukes, Lutz, Barnett (Mullen 88), Hunter, Lewis, Lower (Pratt HT). Unused Subs: James, Ladek.

Referee: H. Singh (West Bromwich)

Attendance: 257

Booked: Reece(83)

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