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16 Aug 2003 DMW Clevedon Town 2-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Dr Martens Western – Saturday, 16th August, 2003

Clevedon Town 2 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen had an opening day to forget with a fine for arriving late, a red-card for goalkeeper Mark Gayle and two Clevedon goals in the dying seconds.

The 45-minute delay created tension between the two camps but the Yeltz started brightly. A fine run and cross from man-of-the-match Simon Hollis allowed Andy Spencer to fire inches wide after 8 minutes and a Richard Colwell pile-driver was then blocked for a corner. Halesowen missed their best chance after 20 minutes when Hollis crossed from the right but Jason Ashby missed at the near post and Lewis Baker scuffed wide at the far post.

In the second half Clevedon played long balls forward for their young strikers to chase and the tactic paid off handsomely against the Halesowen central defence. In the 48th minute Ryan Weisburg beat Neil Smith but Gayle made a fine blocking save with his feet and on 57 minutes Gayle parried away when Lewis Haldane latched onto a through ball that beat Colwell. Gayle raced off his line again after 67 minutes to beat Haldane to the ball.

Clevedon stole the points in the 90th minute when substitute Shane Hobbs beat the Halesowen defence again to guide home from 15 yards. A stunned Colwell let in Haldane seconds later and when Gayle raced out to rescue he was unluckily sent off for handling inches outside his area. Makeshift goalkeeper Asa Charlton parried the fierce 18-yard free-kick but couldn’t prevent Haldane smashing home the rebound for a flattering second goal.

Clevedon Town: Weaver; Price, Lester, Zabek, Scott, Bryant, Richards (Hobbs 76), Vickerman, Weisburg, Haldane, Appleton (Fey 85). Unused Subs: Walsh, A. Smith.

Halesowen Town: Gayle; Colwell, Charlton, Grocutt, N. Smith, Baker, Hollis, Ashby, Hallam (Mitchell 87), Spencer (Skidmore 87), March. Unused Subs: Wray, Phillips, Kavanagh.

Referee:  S. Cook (Lydney)

Attendance: 241

Sent Off: Gayle (90)

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