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14 Jan 2006 SLP Halesowen Town 1-2 Chippenham Town PDF Print E-mail

Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 14th January 2006

Halesowen Town 1 Chippenham Town 2

Battling Halesowen unfortunately left the field empty-handed as the high-flying Bluebirds made it nine wins from their last ten games.

However, in-form second-placed Chippenham were first on the attack as the Yeltz made a slow start.  Dean Coleman collected Ian Herring’s 9th minute corner and a minute later Dave Gilroy broke free but could only shoot weakly at Coleman under pressure from Gary Knight.

But GILROY then gave the visitors a 12th minute lead with a simple tap-in from Alan Griffin’s right wing cross.

Alex Cowley eventually flashed a shot wide for Halesowen after 16 minutes and saw his 20th minute free-kick headed away for a corner by Ross Adams. Nathan Lamey then struck a weak half-volley after 22 minutes after being set up by Simon Forsdick.

COWLEY levelled the scores in the 26th minute when he sneaked in front of last man Ben Kirk to poke home under goalkeeper Steve Perrin after Dave Haywood’s free-kick by-passed the visiting defence.

The equaliser inspired the hosts with Howard Forinton heading Haywood’s free-kick over the bar on the half-hour. A minute later Scott Hadland volleyed just wide from the edge of the area on his home debut after Haywood’s corner was only partly cleared. Stuart Pierpoint’s pinpoint cross on 38 minutes then found Forsdick, but he dragged his shot wide from the left. On the stroke of half-time Perrin produced a splendid save to keep out Steve Pope’s 20-yard volley.

At the start of the second period Forinton played the ball back across the Chippenham area but Pope’s attempt was blocked.

KIRK restored Chippenham’s lead on the hour when he volleyed through the Halesowen defence from 18-yards to beat Coleman after Herring’s free-kick was only half-cleared.

Halesowen almost responded immediately when Perrin punched out Cowley’s 61st minute free-kick and a close range effort from Nick Amos was cleared off the line.

Coleman saved Sam Allison’s 65th minute header from Herring’s corner but the visitors then survived some late pressure to keep up the heat on league-leaders Salisbury.

Perrin made a good save from Forinton’s 79th minute wide-angled effort, Forsdick drove wide after the visitors failed to clear their lines after 82 minutes and Adams blocked Forinton’s shot on the turn a minute later. Two minutes from time Amos saw his glancing header fall agonisingly wide from Lamey’s corner.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; Pierpoint (Cooper 81), Haywood, Hadland, Pope, Knight, Cowley (C. Smith 78), Lamey, Forinton, Amos, Forsdick. Unused Subs: Skidmore, Johnson, N. Smith.

Chippenham Town: Perrin; Charity, Jones, Adams, McEntegart, Badman, Allison, Herring, Gilroy (Rawlins 78), Griffin (Thorne 71), Kirk. Unused Subs: A. Stanley, Jefferies, N. Stanley.

Referee: N. Radford (Worcester)

Attendance: 463

Booked: Forinton, Cowley, Amos, Badman

Sponsors’ Man of the Match: Gary Knight

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