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08 Oct 2005 FAC3QR Halesowen Town 0-2 Bromsgrove Rovers PDF Print E-mail

FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round - Saturday 8th October 2005

Halesowen Town 0 Bromsgrove Rovers 2

Lack-lustre Halesowen can have few complaints after being disappointingly dumped out of the cup by lower league neighbours Bromsgrove.

Chances were at a premium in the wet conditions but Bromsgrove produced a professional performance and began brightly with a 5th minute shot from Mark Danks collected by goalkeeper Dean Coleman before Anthony Maguire hit over the bar from the right in the 11th minute. The home defence then survived a 17th minute goal-mouth scramble as Bromsgrove continued to play the more attractive football and create the better chances.

In a superb sweeping attack on 26 minutes Bromsgrove’s Steve Hillman, Kevin Banner and Matt Barnes-Homer combined to set up Scott Handland to glance his header wide in the best move of the game.
Exodus Geohaghan made an important clearance from Alex Cowley’s 29th minute cross but with the home midfield subdued, strikers Howard Forinton and Nathan Lamey had to create their own chances for Halesowen.

Forinton burst clear on the half-hour to set up Lamey but he shot weakly at veteran ex-Halesowen goalkeeper Tim Clarke with Forinton expecting a return pass. Former Bromsgrove player manager Steve Pope headed the ball out from under his own bar from Banner’s corner after 35 minutes. Lamey again combined to put Forinton free in the 37th minute but he slipped before returning the ball to Lamey who then placed his shot over the bar.

After the interval Pope and Lamey wasted 20-yard free-kicks and Phil Male made an important headed clearance as Halesowen continued to struggle to create clear-cut chances.
Cowley then turned his marker but screwed the ball badly wide after 63 minutes and on 75 minutes Pope saw another free-kick deflected away before he headed the resulting corner wide.

With the tie heading for a replay, Bromsgrove stunned the home crowd with two goals in the final ten minutes. Wayne Dyer’s speculative shot from 30-yards was touched onto the angle of the crossbar and post by Coleman but substitute Jason RAMSAY turned home the rebound in the 80th minute only two minutes after arriving on the field.

The Greens put the tie beyond doubt three minutes later when the home defence was caught out by Matt Johnson’s cross from the right and MAGUIRE haunted his former club by converting at the far post following a slip by Karl Johnson.

The Yeltz were unable to respond despite a very late double substitution although Ian Cooper’s 89th minute shot landed on the roof of the net.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; K. Johnson, Haywood (Cooper 87), Preston, Pope, Amos, Cowley, Lamey, Forinton, Smith (Strachan 87), Forsdick. Unused Subs: Skidmore, Pierpoint, Jay (GK).

Bromsgrove Rovers: Clarke; M. Johnson, Hillman, Male, Geohaghan, Hadland (Benbow 85), Maguire, Dyer, Danks (Ramsay 78), Barnes-Homer (Williams 89), Banner. Unused Subs: Adams, Evans (GK).

Referee: E. Mitchell (Loughborough)

Attendance: 757

Booked: Hadland (71), Haywood

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