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22 Aug 2006 SLP Halesowen Town 1-3 Corby Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Tuesday, 22nd August 2006

Halesowen Town 1 Corby Town 3

The impressive solid Steelmen dented Halesowen’s early season hopes by taking an unlikely three-goal lead in an exciting evening of football.

Halesowen made a high-tempo opening with Paul Szewczyk laying the ball off to Simon Forsdick in the first minute but goalkeeper Darren Watts smothered his shot. Alex Cowley then ran down the right in the 3rd minute to set up Grant Beckett but his shot was well blocked and Watts made a good save to clutch Cowley’s effort from the rebound. Watts then punched clear Niki Preston’s 9th minute header when Rob Warner crossed following a short corner.

Corby finally featured in the 15th minute when a 20-yard drive from Carl Holmes was beaten away by goalkeeper Mark Gayle. But the Yeltz kept up the pressure with Matt Lewis screwing wide on the break after 17 minutes and Preston powered a header from a Lee Williams corner straight into the grateful arms of Watts two minutes later. A superb 23rd minute cross from Lewis then flashed right along Corby’s goal.

The Steeelmen took a shock lead in the 25th minute when Brett Darby was allowed to cross from the left and Carl HOLMES converted with an overhead kick after the ball was only partly cleared by the home defence.

Halesowen remained positive with Lewis turning his marker a minute later but his goal-bound effort was deflected wide – although just a goal-kick was awarded before Grant Beckett’s 37th minute free-kick from the edge of the area curled past the post. With only their third chance of the half Corby’s Holmes pulled away from his marker in the 39th minute from a deep free-kick but his header was saved by Gayle. Seconds before the interval Szewczyk fired just wide on the turn.

Corby began the second period defending in depth with Dave Haywood driving over the bar on 47 minutes and close-range efforts from Lewis, Szewczyk and Forsdick were all blocked.

But the visitors then claimed two more killer goals in four minutes to stun Halesowen and take an unstoppable 3-0 lead. Substitute Jamie CLARKE latched onto a flick-on and nipped in between the Yeltz defence to easily beat Gayle low down in the 56th minute. Worse followed with an horrendous mix up on the hour between Preston and Gayle leading to an own-goal when PRESTON lofted the ball over the advancing Gayle and the goalkeeper just failed to back-pedal.

The third goal killed the game for a while and with home spirits lowered, Holmes broke through the middle again and almost added a fourth goal in the 66th minute but he blasted a good chance wide.

But the visitors were forced to defend some desperate late pressure with the Yeltz firstly fielding three and then four forwards in the dying minutes. Lewis blasted over the bar after combining with Szewczyk on 68 minutes and Szewczyk side-footed a deep cross over the bar a minute later. Subsitute Sean DOWDALL finally pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 80th minute following a handball. On 83 minutes Szewczyk put the ball just wide after weaving through the home defence and Dowdall forced an 85th minute corner. With 90 minutes up, Szewczyk’s looping header fell just wide.

Inspirational substitute Chris Brindley won every header in the air in the final ten minutes and looked to have scored in injury time but captain Bobby White somehow cleared off the line.

Halesowen Town: Gayle; Warner, Haywood, Preston, Knight, Beckett (Cooper 68), Cowley (Brindley 80), Lewis, Szewczyk, Williams, Forsdick (Dowdall 68). Unused Subs: Pierpoint, Smith.

Corby Town: Watts; Marlow, Hallows (Clarke 53), Towers, Marshall, White, Darby (Goodman 72), Goodwin, Byrne (Sneddon 78), Holmes, Maddox. Unused Subs: Guiney, Elliott.

Referee: R. Burton (Burton-on-Trent)

Attendance: 342
Sponsors’ Man of the Match: Rob Warner

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