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19 Aug 2003 DMW Halesowen Town 2-2 Ilkeston Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western – Tuesday, 19th August, 2003

Halesowen Town 2 Ilkeston Town 2

Halesowen made heavy weather of earning their first point of the season against crisis-club Ilkeston.

With both relegated sides smarting from opening-day defeats a 10th minute free-kick from Halesowen’s Simon Hollis was gathered by goalkeeper Andy Love.

The visitors took a shock 35th minute lead when Mark Nangle rose unchallenged to head home Fabian Smith’s corner. On 45 minutes Love made a fine fingertip save from Jamie March before the Yeltz equalised seconds before the interval when Jason Ashby fed a clever ball for Mark Hallam to scoop into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Halesowen lost the advantage almost immediately after the restart with Chris Freestone powering home Ilkeston’s second goal on 46 minutes - again directly from a corner. The visitors then weathered a storm with the Yeltz at last clicking into gear. On 58 minutes good work from substitutes Richard Kavanagh and Shaun Wray set-up Hallam but his goal-bound shot was blocked to set up the first of four consecutive corners. Love then made a splendid save after Hallam put Charlton clear in the area on the hour.

Halesowen rescued a draw with Ashby firing home an 85th minute penalty when new £4,000 signing Ben Steane burst into the area and Craig Swinscoe was penalised for tugging at substitute Leon Mitchell’s shirt.

The visitors almost snatched an 88th minute winner but Nangle blasted high and in the last minute Nangle was shown a straight red-card for dissent towards one of the officials.

Halesowen Town: Gayle; Colwell (Mitchell 79), Charlton, Grocutt, N. Smith, Spencer (Wray 54), Hollis, Ashby, Hallam, Steane, March (Kavanagh 54). Unused Subs: Skidmore, Phillips.

Ilkeston Town: Love; Swinscoe, Atkinson, Coates (Stephens 70), Lever, Holyoak, F. Smith (Westwood 78), Laws, Freestone, Nangle, Thompson. Unused Subs: Brown, Shirley.

Referee:  D. G. Cooke (Wednesbury)

Attendance: 378

Booked: Thompson (82), Freestone (87)

Sent Off: Nangle (89)

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