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02 Dec 2006 SLP Bath City 3-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 2nd December 2006

Bath City 3 Halesowen Town 0

New Halesowen management team Martin O’Connor and Graham Hyde were given a harsh baptism when top-of-table Bath grabbed three second-half goals.

But the Yeltz had a highly encouraging first-half by curtailing the home side with the extra motivation from the touchline much in evidence. Bath’s best chance of the first period fell after just four minutes when Lewis Hogg shot just past the post after Darren Edwards cut the ball back from the right. Alex Cowley surged forward for Halesowen in the 12th minute but fired over the bar.

Depleted Halesowen suffered a pre-match goalkeeping crisis but reserve goalkeeper Chris Jay performed confidently and collected a 14th minute cross from Hogg before positioning himself well to take the ball from Hogg three minutes later. Jay then gathered a bobbling 22nd minute shot from Jim Rollo.

With Halesowen looking more comfortable, Sean Dowdall turned his Bath defender in the 24th minute but shot over the bar from 20 yards with Simon Forsdick overlapping down the left. Before the interval, goalkeeper Paul Evans caught a 40th minute free-kick from Lee Williams and on 45 minutes Williams almost found Matt Lewis free in the Bath penalty area.

But Halesowen were caught out just two minutes into the second half when a long clearance from goalkeeper Evans bounced over Edwards and fell for Scott PARTRIDGE to loft the ball over Jay into an empty net. Lewis then had a great chance to level in the 50th minute but he put a free header wide from Cowley’s cross. Forsdick then sliced wide after 57 minutes.

The Romans increased their lead in the 65th minute when Mark McKeever’s corner was headed back by Chris Holland for EDWARDS to touch home from close range on his debut.

Stuart Pierpoint was inches away from meeting a 75th minute Williams free-kick with a header and McKeever screwed wide three minutes later at the other end.

Bath were gifted a third goal in the 86th minute when Nick AMOS flicked a header into his own net under pressure from Matt Coupe following McKeever’s corner. A minute from time Williams drove over the bar from 25 yards but couldn’t prevent Bath recording their best league win of the season.

Bath City: Evans; Rollo (Simpson 77), Green, Coupe, Holland, Jones, Rogers, Hogg, Edwards, Partridge, McKeever. Unused Subs: Clarke, Davidge, Tyers, York.

Halesowen Town: Jay; Warner, Hillman, Williams, Knight, Pierpoint, Cowley, Amos, Lewis (Daniels 70), Dowdall (Brindley 85), Forsdick. Unused Subs: Preston, Haywood, Powell.

Referee: S. Knapp (Bristol)

Attendance: 700

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