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11 Nov 2006 SLP Mangotsfield United 1-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 11th November 2006

Mangotsfield United 1 Halesowen Town 0

Hard working Halesowen suffered a narrow defeat after playing with ten men for an hour following the controversial dismissal of Ian Cooper.  The Yeltz put the midweek departure of manager Paul Holleran behind them by dominating the early stages under the leadership of caretaker manager Colin Brookes and assistant Chris Brindley.

Alex Cowley made a good run and cross from the right in the 10th minute and Matt Lewis put an overhead kick over the bar from 8 yards seconds later. On-loan Jermaine Clarke headed a long ball from Cooper at goalkeeper Will Puddy in the 13th minute and Puddy gathered a 14th minute free-kick from Lewis after Lewis was brought down on the edge of the area. Acting captain Simon Forsdick and Lewis then combined to earn an 18th minute corner down the left. On 19 minutes Cowley’s 20-yard shot flew inches over the bar but earned a corner after taking a slight deflection. Grant Beckett then floated in a 23rd minute free-kick but Puddy collected.

Mangotsfield eventually came into the game with their first corner after 24 minutes and Gary Warren headed into the side-netting from Ellis Wilmot’s 28th minute free-kick.

The game’s flashpoint came on 32 minutes when last man Cooper was caught out by the swirling wind allowing Aaron Cornwall to run on 25 yards free on goal. Goalkeeper Dan Woodhall did well to drive Cornwall wide but he recovered to shoot with Cooper and Rob Warner clearing off the line. Although Cooper dived to block the ball, he later confirmed that the ball went beneath him and Warner completed the clearance, with several nearby Mangotsfield fans verifying his account. However, referee Ian Hamilton dismissed Cooper with a straight red card but the scores stayed level when Robbie Claridge ballooned the resulting penalty high over the bar.

Three further Halesowen bookings for dissent were made before the interval and Mangotsfield’s Ollie Price also received a yellow card for an ugly looking challenge near the touchline on Beckett.

Ten-man Halesowen fell behind to the winning goal on 49 minutes when Lewis POWELL pounced to side-foot home a rebound after Woodhall did well to turn Jack Allward’s 25-yard shot onto the post. Woodhall then saved Jon French’s 20 yard effort on 53 minutes before Wilmot rattled the crossbar with a 20 yard free-kick on the hour. After 66 minutes Warren powered a header wide from Wilmot’s corner and Woodhall saved from Claridge in the 71st minute with Beckett tidying up.

Halesowen pushed for a late equaliser up the slope with Lewis bursting through to fire at Puddy on 75 minutes. An 87th minute corner was then scrambled away and Puddy punched clear a cross from Warner. In injury time Forsdick hit over the bar and then headed wide from a Cowley cross as Mangotsfield held on.

Mangotsfield United: Puddy; Arndale. Allward, Price (Casey 55), Warren, Wilmot, Cornwall (Cocks 90), French, Claridge, Powell (Morrissey 87), Lane. Unused Subs: Anyinsah, Meaker.

Halesowen Town: Woodhall; Warner, Haywood, Pierpoint, Knight, Cooper, Cowley, Lewis, Clarke (Hillman 68), Beckett, Forsdick. Unused Subs: Preston, Francis, Brindley, Gayle.

Referee: I. Hamilton (Cheltenham)

Attendance: 281
Booked: Pierpoint (32), Knight (35), Price (45), Cowley (45), Beckett (56), Morrissey (90).
Sent Off: Cooper (32)

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