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17 Jul 2006 FRD Halesowen Town 3-1 Coventry City PDF Print E-mail

Pre-season Friendly – Monday, 17th July 2006
Halesowen Town 3 Coventry City 1

Matt Lewis struck twice in Halesowen’s highly encouraging performance to condemn experienced Championship hopefuls Coventry to a wilting defeat in the sweltering heat.

Despite the Sky Blues fielding a strong line-up with eight players boasting Championship experience, the Yeltz romped into their well-deserved early lead with new striker Lewis hitting twice within fifteen minutes.

LEWIS opened the scoring by burying an 11th minute penalty after Nick Amos was brought down by Isaac Osbourne’s late challenge. Two minutes later goalkeeper Neil Collett was at fault when he touched a back-pass from David McNamee straight to LEWIS and he smashed the ball into the corner of the net from a wide angle despite being driven wide.

Coventry continued to look subdued with little seen of their main stars, including midfielder Colin Cameron signed from Wolves, in their first domestic pre-season outing after returning from a highly successful tour of the States.

On 24 minutes Sean Dowdall split the visiting defence to leave Lewis in the clear to run on goal and attempt to complete his hat-trick but his shot was palmed away by Collett.

The Sky Blues eventually featured when Halesowen goalkeeper Danny Woodhall, recently released by Rochdale, easily collected McNamee’s cross and central defender Gary Knight nodded away Claus Jorgensen’s cross for a corner on the half hour. Kevin Thornton wasted a 25-yard free-kick by hitting his cross well wide on 32 minutes but the Yeltz finished their encouraging first period with Collett collecting a 20-yard strike from danger-man Lewis at the second attempt.

Jorgensen’s 56th close range effort was beaten away by Woodhall but Halesowen increased their lead in the 59th minute when substitute Grant BECKETT hit a direct 20-yard free-kick beyond Collett with an excellent left-foot strike. Home goalkeeper Woodhall then did much better than his opposite number by turning away Thornton’s 25-yard freekick for a 62nd minute corner.

Coventry finally pulled a goal back in the 76th minute when James Scowcroft lofted the ball over the home defence to find THORNTON in plenty of space to slot the ball beyond Woodhall. Late on, substitute Liam Davis took the ball around Woodhall but home substitute Lee Ayres cleared and with four minutes remaining Andy Morrell struck the side-netting from Thornton’s corner.

The goal action was recorded by Sky Sports and featured later on Monday evening.

Halesowen Town: Woodhall; Warner (Pierpoint 70), Haywood (Thompson HT), Preston (Amos 78), Knight (Ayres 65), Williams, Cowley (Smith 74), Dowdall (Brindley 78), Lewis (Szewczyk HT), Amos (Cooper HT), Smith (Beckett HT).

Coventry City: Collett; McNamee, Giddings, Turner (Lynch 43 (Gooding 77)), Heath, Cameron, Jorgensen, Osbourne, Scowcroft (Davis 77), Morrell, Thornton. Unused Subs: Belford, Lorougnon.

Referee: A. Hendley (Halesowen)

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