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07 Oct 2006 SLP Halesowen Town 4-2 Cirencester Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division – Saturday, 7th October 2006

Halesowen Town 4 Cirencester Town 2

Matt Lewis took his goal tally into double figures with an excellent hat-trick helping Halesowen to their first home league win at the goals galore Grove.  The Yeltz have now been involved in a remarkable 38 goals in their last 7 games and they poured forward again from the start to romp into a three-goal half-time lead with Lee Williams taking over the captain’s arm-band for the afternoon.

Simon Forsdick nipped around former Salisbury goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer in the 2nd minute but was forced too wide to shoot on target. Danny Woodhall then tipped Lee Smith’s 5th minute cross over the bar for an early Cirencester corner. Matt Jones did well to cut out Alex Cowley’s 8th minute cross but Cowley delivered another good right wing cross on 10 minutes and then saw Sawyer beat away his 12th minute drive.

Forsdick produced a dangerous 15th minute run and his fine pass to Cowley panicked defender Matt Bicknell into playing a back-pass to his goalkeeper. From the resulting free-kick on the edge of the six-yard box Paul Szewczyk touched the ball for LEWIS to drill the opening goal into the corner of the net as Cirencester failed to defend on their goal-line. Incredibly, the goal was Lewis’s first of the season on home turf.

The Centurions missed a good chance to level just three minutes later when Matt Jones was left with a free header from a corner, but he nodded wide. LEWIS then added a second goal on 20 minutes with a worthy candidate for the ‘goal of the season’ as he smashed a stunning 12-yard volley beyond bemused Sawyer from Rob Warner’s deep cross, leaving the crowd gasping with amazement.

Lee Smith proved to be Cirencester’s main danger-man and he struck wide after 23 minutes. But the Yeltz continued to create chances and Williams’ 30th minute cross just evaded Forsdick before Szewczyk’s 32nd minute drive was beaten away by Sawyer.

SZEWCZYK put Halesowen 3-0 ahead in the 34th minute by nodding another right-wing cross from Warner downwards into the net. Before the interval Steve Cowe just kept out Forsdick and Woodhall took out Lee Smith’s 40th minute shot at the other end. Lee Molyneaux then struck a 43rd minute free-kick just over the Halesowen bar from 25 yards.

One-way traffic continued towards the Cirencester goal at the start of the second period as former Swindon Town defender Cowe turned Lewis’s 49th minute cross away from Forsdick’s toe. Two minutes later Molyneaux only partly cleared from Cowley’s run and cross but Szewczyk lashed the rebound high and on 52 minutes Lee Smith poked the ball away for another home corner. Molyneaux then headed off the line after 54 minutes, Cowley volleyed just wide a minute later and Lewis struck a 56th minute free-kick over the bar.

The Centurions rung the changes with a triple 56th minute substitution before Szewczyk turned to force a great block by Sawyer from 8 yards in the 63rd minute. Stuart Pierpoint then played a long  72nd minute clearance up the field to substitute Sean Dowdall but Sawyer produced another smart save.

LEWIS completed his hat-trick in the 73rd minute by calmly slotting the ball past Sawyer from 8 yards after being let in by Molyneaux.

But with Cirencester looking well beaten, Halesowen failed to keep their first home clean sheet as the visitors claimed two late consolation goals. Lee SMITH capped his good performance by stepping up to convert a 79th minute penalty after his legs were clipped by substitute Grant Beckett. Nick Amos then headed an 85th minute corner from Williams just wide but with two minutes remaining Marc RICHARDS drove home Lee Smith’s right wing cross from 12 yards.

Halesowen Town: Woodhall; Warner, Haywood (Beckett 67), Pierpoint, Knight, Williams, Cowley (Cooper 74), Lewis, Szewczyk (Dowdall 70), Amos, Forsdick. Unused Subs: Brindley, Gayle.

Cirencester Town: Sawyer; L. Smith, Bicknell (Dyke 56), Cowe, Jones (Leigh 56), Molyneaux, Richards, Jackson, Symons, Rodgers (Regis 56), M.Smith.  Unused Subs: Griffin, McSherry.

Referee: G. Mellor (Derby)

Attendance: 343
Booked: Molyneaux (58), M. Smith (59)
Sponsors’ Man of the Match: Matt Lewis

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