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27 Aug 2005 SLP Mangotsfield United 1-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 27th August 2005

Mangotsfield United 1 Halesowen Town 1

Halesowen failed to turn their superior possession into points and lost yet another late lead against unbeaten draw-specialists Mangotsfield.  19-year old goalkeeper Dean Coleman made his Yeltz debut after his recent season-long loan move from Walsall and gave a competent performance after a few initial nerves.

Alex Cowley combined with Nick Smith after 8 minutes but Nathan Lamey side-footed wide from the edge of the area. Mangotsfield goalkeeper and man-of-the-match Danny Greaves then easily collected a 10th minute shot from Smith and Simon Forsdick flashed an effort over the bar after Nick Amos headed down. Alex Ball then played some neat one-touch football for Mangotsfield but shot weakly at Coleman.

The Yeltz weathered a spell of home pressure midway through an even first-half beginning with David Anyinsah floating over a dangerous 20th minute cross. A minute later Coleman displayed some early jitters with a weak goal-kick falling straight to Robbie Claridge but captain Steve Pope rushed back to save the day. Luke Prince then found space on the edge of the penalty area but struck the side-netting on 22 minutes and a 25th Claridge header was cleared from Prince’s corner. On the half-hour Coleman then confidently punched clear another dangerous Anyinsah cross from the right-wing.

The visitors enjoyed their own good spell before the interval with Cowley heading over after 32 minutes and a couple of minutes later Forsdick ballooned a defence-splitting pass from Cowley over the bar. A fierce 40th minute volley from Smith was blocked and Lamey’s 45th minute corner skimmed the head of Amos.

Halesowen took a firm grip on the game in second-half to create a string of good chances. Greaves saved a 20-yard drive from Smith at the foot of the post in the 47th minute and two minutes later Smith drove wide from the edge of the area. Howard Forinton turned to fire over the bar in the 51st minute and flicked on for Lamey to earn a corner two minutes later. A 54th minute shot from Amos led to a penalty appeal for handball and on the hour Lamey curled just over the bar from 20 yards before Cowley had another penalty appeal denied in the 65th minute. At the other end, Steve Farmer made an important 66th minute saving header and a 20-yard snapshot from James Zabek flashed wide of the post.

Halesowen missed their best chance to date in the 67th minute when Cowley cut-in to shoot but Greaves blocked and both Smith and Lamey failed to find the net from the rebound.

The pressure finally paid off when Forinton put LAMEY clear and he took the ball on before superbly beating Greaves in the 78th minute.

But the hard-fought lead was short-lived as Halesowen failed to hold onto a winning position for the 5th time in 5 games when Nicki Preston’s headed clearance fell for CLARIDGE to hit an unstoppable volley into the net on 81 minutes for Mangotsfield.

The Yeltz finished well on top and forced a number of late corners. Cowley drove over the bar in the 85th minute and a Farmer header was cleared off the line in the last minute. In injury time Ian Cooper forced another corner and Pope’s goal-bound strike was well saved by Greaves under his crossbar.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; Cooper, Forsdick (Strachan 80), Preston, Pope, Farmer, Cowley, Lamey, Smith, Forinton, Amos. Unused Subs: Hay, Maguire, Johnson, Skidmore.

Mangotsfield United: Greaves; Ball, Shore, Cousins, Warren, Zabek (Casey 87), Anyinsah, Wilmot, Claridge, Seal (Corbett HT), Prince. Unused Subs: Howells, Price, Mogg.

Referee: A. Laver (Portsmouth)

Attendance: 309

Booked: Cowley (41), Pope (43), Zabek (69), Claridge (73), Cooper (79)

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