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19 Jul 2003 FRD Halesowen Town 1-1 Alfreton Town PDF Print E-mail

Friendly – Saturday, 19th July, 2003

Halesowen Town 1 Alfreton Town 1

Halesowen opened their pre-season with a pleasing draw against newly promoted Unibond Premier big spenders Alfreton Town in a re-match of January’s FA Trophy clash.

The hosts had the slightly better first half with ex-Tamworth striker Mark Hallam heading just wide from fellow new-boy Lewis Baker in the 4th minute. Jason Ashby then linked-up with Hallam in the 21st minute before hitting his effort wide. Other new summer signings Darren Grocutt, Simon Hollis and Jamie March also caught the eye in the first period with a 38th minute cross from March headed across goal by Hollis.

Halesowen ran the rule over a number of possibles by naming a completely different line-up for the second half and they took a 54th minute lead when manager’s son Kelvin Phillips split the Alfreton defence allowing ex-Sutton Coldfield striker Leon Mitchell to convert from 12 yards. Young home goalkeeper Matt Harris saved acrobatically from the unmarked Ian Robinson just after the hour before the visitors equalised through the experienced Tony Hemmings from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after a handball just inside the Halesowen area.

Alfreton goalkeeper Lee Butler denied Phillips twice in the 75th minute and on-trial central defender Josh Skidmore kept Alfreton’s strong forward line at bay at the opposite end, although Ian Robinson hit a 20-yard drive inches wide of the mark in the 87th minute.

Halesowen Town (First Half): Gayle; Colwell, Small, Baker, Sewell, Grocutt, Hollis, Spencer, Hallam, Ashby, March.

Halesowen Town (Second Half): Harris; Clarke, Charlton, Smith, J. Skidmore, Blake, Wray, Kavanagh, Mitchell, Phillips, Trainer.

Alfreton Town: Butler; Circuit, Grayston, Cotterill, Brown, Knapper, Dolby, Robinson, Askey, Nawadike, Hemmings.

Referee: T. Parkes (Birmingham)

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