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17 Feb 2007 SLP Halesowen Town 3-0 Yate Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 17th February 2007

Halesowen Town 3 Yate Town 0

Halesowen extended their impressive unbeaten sequence with a resounding one-sided victory keeping them well in contention in the play-off zone.  Lee Williams and Dave Haywood missed the game through suspension and manager Martin O’Connor had to call on reserve goalkeeper Chris Jay with first choice goalkeeper James Dormand still recovering from a car accident last weekend.

The heavy pitch led to a scrappy start with early chances at a premium and it wasn’t until the 19th minute that Alex Cowley went on a run to feed impressive youngster Troy Deeney and he flicked up the ball before sending a 15-yard low drive for goalkeeper Will Puddy to save.

Disappointing Yate hardly created a chance all afternoon and their only first half effort came when stand-in goalkeeper Jay did well to hang onto Mike Wyatt’s 21st minute shot in a crowded goal area.

But Halesowen gradually found their feet and continued to create a number of good chances. Full back Rob Warner screwed a speculative 28th minute shot wide and Simon Forsdick burst clear two minutes later before slicing well wide of the mark. Deeney’s 33rd minute trickery saw him beat three defenders but his low cross was diverted over his own bar by Wyatt.

The Yeltz deservedly went ahead on 35 minutes when Cowley’s corner was met perfectly by a powerful Stuart Pierpoint header and DEENEY was on hand to head home from close range. Battling Nick Amos continued to be in the wars, pulling all the strings for Halesowen and in the 38th minute he flicked on to put Forsdick clear but he hit the good chance straight at goalkeeper Puddy. Two minutes before the interval Deeney weaved through again but Thomas Taylor fired at Puddy.

Ian Cooper suffered a nasty looking knee injury in the 50th minute under the nose of the referee who was late in stopping play with Cooper eventually having to be carried off.

Halesowen continued to snap at the heels of the visitors after the interval and a 56th minute cross from Forsdick was met by substitute Matt Lewis with Taylor’s follow-up cleared off the line. Jay raced out to clear from Yate substitute Ryan Harvard in the 58th minute and a minute later Forsdick’s left-wing cross was just inches too high for Deeney in the centre. Deeney then broke clear on 61 minutes but elected to shoot wide from a tight angle with Lewis free in the centre.

TAYLOR wrapped up the game with a second goal in the 66th minute by diverting the ball home after Lewis turned his defender to shoot from a wide angle. Lewis then struck the side-netting in the 68th minute after being set up by Forsdick before Yate finally won their first corner in the 70th minute.

Dangerous DEENEY added his second and Halesowen’s third goal in the 76th minute by beating Puddy to Forsdick’s long through ball in an aerial challenge and the ball fell for him to smash home into an empty net from two yards out. Assistant manager Graham Hyde made his Yeltz league debut as a late substitute for hard-working Amos.

Well-beaten Yate saved their best attempt of the afternoon to the final seconds but Jay brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar with Adam Sims in the clear just 10 yards out.

Halesowen Town: Jay; Warner, Hillman, Cooper (Lewis 50), Knight, Pierpoint, Cowley, Taylor, Amos (Hyde 79), Deeney, Forsdick (Hamilton 83). Unused Subs: Powell, Daniels.

Yate Town: Puddy; Wyatt, Elsey, Jenkins, Jefferies, Sims, Blakemore (Lucas 52), Williams, Pritchard (Harvard 44), Anyinsah, Metheringham (Bridson 86). Unused Subs: Thompson, Barlass.

Referee: C. Dunn (Stoke-on-Trent)

Attendance: 388

HTFC Man of the Match: Troy Deeney

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