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22 Dec 2007 SLP Brackley Town 1-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 22nd December 2007

Brackley Town 1 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen left it late to claim the points by coming from behind with two late goals after dominating for long spells on their first ever visit to St James’ Park.

Brackley had beaten Halesowen at the Grove in October in Morell Maison’s first game in charge but this time the tables were turned with Brackley’s David Oldfield taking charge for his first home game. In early play Stuart Pierpoint nodded Darren Caskey’s 7th minute corner high over the bar and Brackley’s Tom Winters tried an audacious 10th minute lob from 30 yards after spotting goalkeeper Mark Osborn off his line. Paul Devlin’s 16th minute rising half-volley was caught by goalkeeper Richard Knight and a minute later Scott Hadland headed a deep left wing cross onto the roof of Halesowen’s net. Eldon Maquemba then headed Caskey’s 22nd minute free-kick wide before Brackley’s Martin Brown pulled his shot wide when free after Winters forced a 24th minute corner.

The Yeltz then turned up the heat to create a string of good chances late in the first half but were unable to find the net. Zema Abbey held the ball up well in the 32nd minute but Maquemba dragged his shot wide. Maquemba then forced a 35th minute corner with Pierpoint cleverly stepping over Dean Brennan’s corner kick to allow Devlin to fire inches wide. Caskey’s 36th minute corner was then flicked on by Maquemba but Dennis Pearce was just unable to connect as the ball flew across the face of goal. Maquemba was then put clear on goal after 38 minutes but Knight made a fine blocking save and Devlin put another good chance wide in the 40th minute after receiving the ball from the right.

Halesowen continued on top at the start of the second period with Maquemba crowded out in front of goal from a low 47th minute corner. But the Saints launched a smash and grab raid by taking the lead in the 59th minute when WINTERS picked up a loose ball on the left and hammered home from 20 yards in their first real chance on target. Abbey’s header was tipped over the bar by Knight for a corner on the hour and the subsequent penalty appeal for handball was turned down.

It seemed it wasn’t going to be Halesowen’s day with their luck right out in the 65th minute as Caskey’s direct 25 yard free-kick rattled back off the crossbar. But the visitors stuck patiently to their task and Shane Paul turned well to fire into the side-netting after 75 minutes.

Halesowen were finally rewarded for their efforts to claim all three points with two late goals after new signing Shane Hill – son of former Luton Town favourite Ricky Hill - was introduced as substitute for the final dramatic minutes. HILL equalised from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute after Maquemba was brought down in the area by Josh Green. MAQUEMBA then latched onto a through ball to strike a superb winner into the top corner three minutes later to the delight of the festive Yeltz fans.

Brackley Town: Knight; Farley, Murphy (Rickards 89), G. Hadland, Brown, Green, S. Hadland (Kearns 83), Savage, Oldfield, Harper (Beard 71), Winters. Unused Subs: Love, Reeves.

Halesowen Town: Osborn; Lycett, Hamilton, Pearce, Pierpoint, Brennan (Hill 75), Paul, Caskey, Abbey, Maquemba, Devlin. Unused Subs: Denny, Amos, F. Francis, Gomes.

Referee: C. Knowles (Northampton)

Attendance: 303

Booked: Green (81)

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