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23 Feb 2008 SLP King's Lynn 1-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 23rd February 2008

King’s Lynn 1 Halesowen Town 1
Halesowen rescued a late point in a compelling contest between the second and third placed teams in front of a huge crowd.

Dean Brennan missed a golden chance to put the Yeltz ahead as early as the 6th minute after home goalkeeper Scott Howie parried away Darren Caskey’s shot but the goalkeeper recovered to make a splendid save after the ball fell for Brennan to tap home the rebound.
In a nervy start by the hosts, Joe Francis wasted a 13th minute free-kick and Danny Bloomfield’s 17th minute shot was turned over the bar by goalkeeper Mark Osborn with Gavin Hoyte stabbing the ball wide from the resulting corner. David Perpetuini then made a good block to deny Bloomfield three minutes later.

In a good 27th minute move, Decio Gomes played the ball onto Brennan and his through ball to Eldon Maquemba was scooped away by the home defence. A minute later a free-kick on the edge of the home penalty area was cleared for a corner after Ikechi Anya was brought down. Stuart Pierpoint’s well struck and goal-bound 29th minute shot was then cleared off the line by Mark Camm. At the other end, Camm put Francis free down the left but his 34th minute cross ran along the Halesowen goal. The referee then awarded the Linnets a free-kick on the edge of Halesowen’s 6-yard box after judging Perpetuini to have back-passed to Osborn. However, Pierpoint bravely charged down the strike after the ball was touched to Hoyte. Five minutes before the interval Osborn tipped Bloomfield’s effort around the post for a corner and Michael Frew blazed high just before the whistle ended the pulsating first half.

King’s Lynn came out strongly at the start of the keenly contested second period to win the midfield battle with the Yeltz unable to deploy their front-running pace and skill. Gomes made an important 50th minute interception for a corner and Maquemba received a yellow card for his second Oscar-chasing theatrical dive of the afternoon. Francis then found space again down the left in the 53rd minute but his cross was cleared.

The Linnets took the lead on 55 minutes when a free-kick from the right was headed back at the far post by Jack Defty allowing Rikki BAINS to head home in front of goal on his debut and finally grab the first goal home goal for the Linnets against the Yeltz in four meetings. With Halesowen rattled, it almost became 2-0 three minutes later when Jack Defty’s shot struck the inside of the post and Francis somehow screwed the rebound wide of an empty net. Osborn then did well to hold onto Frew’s 61st minute shot from the right. As Halesowen recovered, Maquemba headed on for Brennan but his 65th minute shot drifted just wide and Brennan hit just wide again after 75 minutes.

But to their credit, the Yeltz kept plugging away and grabbed a vital 85th minute equaliser when substitute Patrick Peters’ header was cleared off the line from Davion Hamilton’s corner but the ball came out for Caskey to rifle a 22-yard drive with the ball deflecting off Jay DENNY’s chest to beat Howie. The goal was initially credited to Caskey but amended after Denny claimed the important final touch. Halesowen confidently played out the final minutes to maintain their excellent record in West Norfolk with only two defeats in the last twelve visits.

King’s Lynn: Howie; West, Chapman, Bains, Hoyte, Camm, Frew (Turner 80), Sedgemore, J. Defty, Bloomfield (Nolan 72), Francis. Unused Subs: C. Defty, Fisk, Murray.

Halesowen Town: Osborn; Gomes, Perpetuini, Pearce, Pierpoint, Denny, Paul (Hamilton 56), Caskey, Brennan, Maquemba (Peters 76), Anya. Unused Subs: Lycett, Abassi, Unjanque.

Referee: C. Miller (Kettering)

Attendance: 1442

Booked: Caskey (35), Maquemba (51), Chapman (73), Hamilton (73)

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