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11 Nov 2011 DMC1R Bromsgrove Rovers 2-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens League Cup 1st Round – Tuesday, 11th November, 2003

Bromsgrove Rovers 2 Halesowen Town 1

Last season’s runners-up Halesowen fell at the first hurdle despite taking an early lead.

Simon Hollis’s 12th minute right-wing corner just evaded Richard Kavanagh before debutant Halesowen goalkeeper Mark Sheils did well to turn Kevin Banner’s 20-yard free-kick around the post for a corner. Kavanagh then connected with a 16th minute Hollis cross but Steve Frost cleared off the line.

The Yeltz went ahead on 21 minutes when Hollis broke from midfield and laid the ball off for Leon MITCHELL to fire home under goalkeeper Paul Wyatt from 10-yards.

Bromsgrove levelled four minutes later with Paul SZEWCZYK volleying home a looping deflection from six yards against a static defence. Mark Hallam’s 27th minute volley was saved by Wyatt but Bromsgrove then missed a 34th minute penalty with Steve Pope crashing against the bar and Andy Spencer clearing the rebound off the line after Michael Swan was brought down.

The home side notched a 51st minute winner when SZEWCZYK was allowed to turn in the six-yard box from Chris Dawson’s cross. Halesowen’s Hallam drove wide on 77 minutes and Wyatt collected Hollis’s 20-yard shot at the second attempt on 83 minutes. In the dying moments, Hollis cut in from the right but hit past the post and Kavanagh struck over the bar. At the other end Bromsgrove’s Banner was left free in injury time but also hit high over the bar.

Bromsgrove Rovers: Wyatt; Frost, Hillman, Pope (Hill 54), Mahon, Dyson, Dawson, Scheppel, Szewczyk, Banner, Swan (Langford 82). Unused Subs: Gandy, Ruck, Atkinson.

Halesowen Town: Sheils; Colwell, Small, Jones (Steane 60), Smith, Skidmore, Hollis, Hallam, Mitchell (Willetts 60), Spencer, Kavanagh. Unused Subs: Grocutt, Baker, Charlton.

Referee: A. Williams (Hereford)

Attendance: 288

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