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06 Jan 2007 SLP Halesowen Town 0-0 Mangotsfield United PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 6th January 2007

Halesowen Town 0 Mangotsfield United 0

Halesowen extended their unbeaten run to seven games but could not quite find the vital winner as high-flying Mangotsfield preserved the best away record in the league.

Martin O’Connor introduced two more on-loan signings from Walsall with youngsters Mannie Smith and David McDermott making their debuts on the heavy surface. But despite the Yeltz creating the better chances, Mangotsfield held firm and have only been defeated once in twelve away league games.

With the league programme decimated by yet more morning rain, credit must go to the Grove ground-staff for enabling the game to go ahead.

In early home pressure Troy Deeney hit Simon Forsdick’s 3rd minute cross over the bar and a 5th minute free-kick from Lee Williams was punched clear rather unconvincingly by goalkeeper Steve Book. Book then took the ball off Forsdick’s toe from Steve Hillman’s 7th minute cross. Mangotsfield’s Chris Lane struck at home stopper James Dormand after defender Smith’s 9th minute pass fell short and Lane then made a good 13th minute run down the left but his wide-angled shot was cleared.

Book produced an acrobatic save to deny Deeney on 21 minutes from McDermott’s cross and from the resulting corner Smith’s header was cleared off the line. Forsdick forced Halesowen’s first corner after 27 minutes but Book cleared with his fingertips. A minute later dangerous Lane blasted across the face of the Yeltz goal but on 29 minutes it was Matt Lewis who flashed a header wide from Rob Warner’s cross. On the half-hour mark Williams played a delightful through ball to Deeney but Book made another excellent save.

Dormand escaped when he fumbled Jack Allward’s 35th minute shot from 20 yards but did well to hold onto Ellis Wilmot’s 40th minute effort. A minute after the break Dormand dived in bravely to take the ball before Rob Claridge after Hillman’s back-pass fell short. The Field then went on to force a series of three corners.

Martin O’Connor introduced Alex Cowley after an hour and Cowley’s 68th minute shot was cleared off the line by Gary Warren when Book only partly cleared Williams’s cross. A minute later Lewis’s lob fell just over the bar and a 70th minute shot from Tom Taylor was deflected away for a corner. Dormand then made a fine 72nd minute save when French was clear on Halesowen’s goal.

Cowley almost snatched the full three points to break the deadlock in the final minute but his fierce 20-yard drive shaved the post with Book rooted to the spot following Lewis’s cross from the left.

Halesowen Town: Dormand; Warner, Hillman, Williams (Cooper 79), Knight, Smith, McDermott (Cowley 60), Taylor, Lewis, Deeney, Forsdick. Unused Subs: Haywood, Amos, Hamilton.

Mangotsfield United: Book; Arndale, Allward (Sylvester 79), Warren, Bailey, French, Hawkins (Casey 90), Wilmot, Claridge, Cornwall (Seal 71), Lane. Unused Subs: Morrissey, Howells.

Referee: L. Tavinder (Cheddleton, N. Staffs)

Attendance: 339
Booked: Warner (11), Bailey (18), Cowley (85)
HTFC Man of the Match: Mannie Smith

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