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09 Sept 2006 SLP Halesowen Town 1-3 Maidenhead United PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 9th September 2006

Halesowen Town 1 Maidenhead United 3

Halesowen crashed to their third home defeat in four attempts as Maidenhead recorded their first win of the season in the maiden meeting between the two teams.


But the story could’ve been very different as Maidenhead goalkeeper Francisco Ramos produced a string of superb early saves to deny the Yeltz. At the other end, young goalkeeper Danny Woodhall made his debut in preference to Mark Gayle.

In the 9th minute Ashley Smith was left free but his cross was cut out by Simon Forsdick and from the resulting corner influential midfielder Abdul Osman headed onto the top of the crossbar before Halesowen started to pepper the visiting goal with a series of good chances.

On 11 minutes Nick Amos headed on a deep free-kick from Niki Preston but Matt Lewis fired over the bar from just three yards. Two minutes later Maidenhead had an amazing escape with a tremendous triple save by Ramos to deny Paul Szewczyk and Forsdick after Alex Cowley delivered a fine right-wing cross. Ramos then grabbed the ball from Szewczyk following Forsdick’s 21st minute overhead kick. A long 24th minute free-kick from Lee Williams almost crept into the net at the far post with Ramos saving Szewczyk’s follow up and Ramos then made a brilliant block from Lewis a minute later.

Woodhall did well to take the ball under pressure from Yashwa Romeo in the 26th minute but Romeo then shot over the bar after hesitancy in Halesowen’s defence on 33 minutes. Woodhall was then down smartly to save from Romeo in the 35th minute.

Maidenhead took the lead against the run of play in the 36th minute when Preston left the ball and Woodhall rushed out but missed his clearance, allowing Craig O’CONNOR to take the ball on and score into an empty net.

Cowley made a lightning 39th minute right-wing run but his shot was blocked for a corner and Dave Haywood struck the side-netting from the left in the 48th minute. Szewczyk latched onto a long ball but fired straight at Ramos in the 57th minute before laying the ball off for Williams to balloon the ball high a minute later. Preston was then unlucky to see his 70th minute header strike the far post from Williams’ corner.

But the Yeltz looked increasingly disjointed with their confidence appearing to ebb away in the second period allowing Maidenhead to hold onto their lead. The visitors forced four corners in quick succession on 74 minutes before grabbing a second goal after 79 minutes when OSMAN’s direct 22-yard free-kick took a deflection before hitting the net.

PRESTON claimed Halesowen’s 81st minute consolation goal by crashing the ball into the roof of the net at the second attempt after his first effort brought another great save by Ramos from Williams’ cross. But O’CONNOR made it 3-1 from the penalty spot in the 88th minute after the referee spotted shirt-tugging in the penalty area as Halesowen leaked an unbelievable 12th home goal within three weeks of the new season.

Halesowen Town: Woodhall; Warner, Haywood, Preston, Knight (Pierpoint HT), Amos (Beckett 52 (Brindley 70)), Cowley, Lewis, Szewczyk, Williams, Forsdick. Unused Subs: Cooper, Dowdall.

Maidenhead United: Ramos; Smith, Parsons, Johnson (Jackson HT), Sterling, Osman, Witt, Nisbet, O’Connor, Romeo (Kwayke 88), Hughes. Unused Subs: Haule, Gorman, Howard.

Referee: M. Bristow (Manchester)

Attendance: 306
Booked: Witt (81), Williams (90)
Sponsors’ HT Man of the Match: Matt Lewis

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