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24 Oct 2006 FAT1QRR Halesowen Town 2-1 Hednesford Town PDF Print E-mail

FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Replay – Tuesday, 24th October 2006

Halesowen Town 2 Hednesford Town 1

Halesowen came from behind to knock-out Hednesford and end their long unbeaten run.

But the visitors will be kicking themselves after failing to capitalise on their first half dominance. The Pitmen started on the front foot when Phil Hadland scuffed a 4th minute shot at goalkeeper Danny Woodhall. Their pressure paid off when Darren Alexander crossed from the left for Mario Pedro to slide in from 6 yards to give Hednesford a 25th minute lead with Woodhall caught back-tracking.  Pedro then met Hadland’s 32nd minute cross with a volley, but Woodhall made a good save low down and Ross Dyer fired high in the 44th minute with Hednesford seeking a second goal.

However, Halesowen equalised seconds before the interval when Simon Forsdick made a surging run and released Alex Cowley to calmly slot past Young on the overlap. Forsdick then steamed in on 55 minutes to powerfully head home a Lee Williams corner to claim the winning goal.

The home defence survived another shaky spell when Dyer side-footed a good chance wide on the hour and White sliced wide five minutes later.

At the other end, Young produced a fine save to tip away Lewis’s 20-yard shot and the Yeltz
settled in the last twenty minutes with Forsdick almost meeting Lewis’s cross following a terrific 70-yard run. Late on, Hednesford substitute Keenan Meakin-Richards headed onto the roof of the net but it was Halesowen who booked a home tie against Clitheroe in the next round.

Halesowen Town: Woodhall; Warner, Haywood, Preston, Knight, Williams, Cowley (Smith 86), Lewis, Szewczyk, Beckett, Forsdick. Unused Subs: Dowdall, Cooper, Brindley, Gayle.

Hednesford Town: Young; Adams, Henshaw, White, Marshall, Screaton (Farmer 86), Pedro (Meakin-Richards HT), Sheppard, Dyer, Alexander, Hadland. Unused Subs: Brown, Ellis, Dudley.

Referee: J. Cox (Evesham)

Attendance: 362

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