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09 Oct 2007 SLP Halesowen Town 4-1 King's Lynn PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Tuesday, 9th October 2007

Halesowen Town 4 King’s Lynn 1

Two fine goals from Nick Wright helped Halesowen kick-start their season with a well deserved and comprehensive victory over title contenders King’s Lynn.

The visitors arrived at the Grove on back of five straight wins and quickly won a first minute corner and a 4th minute free-kick but both were cleared. Shane Paul then blazed over the bar from 25 yards following Halesowen’s 9th minute right-wing corner. Lee Williams played a good through ball in the 12th minute but visiting goalkeeper Scott Howie raced out to beat Wright to the ball.

With Halesowen creating the better chances, Mark Warren hooked the ball away for a corner with Wright closing in from Liam McDonald’s 15th minute cross and four minutes later captain Mark Camm cleared from Jay Denny in front of goal after Wright headed on a cross from Sean Platt. McDonald sliced wide in the 21st minute and did so again in the 24th minute when there were better options available. In the best move to date, Lee Williams played a delightful ball in to Wright after 26 minutes but his shot was parried away by Howie with his defence completing the clearance.

The Linnets wasted a good chance on the half hour when a cross from Michael Frew found Joe Francis free at the far post but he volleyed wide. Danny Bloomfield then just failed to connect in front of goal following a 38th minute corner and a minute later John Turner burst past two defenders to be free on goal but home goalkeeper James Dormand made an excellent and confidence-boosting point-blank save.

Halesowen took the lead in the 43rd minute when Shane PAUL stroked home from the penalty spot after the assistant referee flagged when battling Nick Amos was held back.

The action continued thick and fast in an excellent second half and Denny crossed to find McDonald in space after 47 minutes, but with his header lacking real power, Howie was able to recover to make a flying save. The Yeltz regretted the miss almost immediately when King’s Lynn equalised in the 49th minute after a free-kick was played down the left-wing on the overlap and a goal was given when the cross was met by BLOOMFIELD’s header - despite protests that Amos had scooped the ball off the line.

Wright had the ball in the net again in the 54th minute straight from Dormand’s long clearance but the referee ruled that he’d impeded his defender and a minute later lively Wright saw his low curling effort turned around the post by Howie. From the resulting corner an overhead kick from Amos was blasted over his own bar in panic by Ben Chapman for another corner. At the other end Dormand pushed away from Francis following Frew’s cross on the hour.

The Yeltz regained the initiative with a second goal in the 62nd minute when another immaculate through ball from Williams put WRIGHT on to chase and out-pace two defenders before nut-megging goalkeeper Howie to slot home. Hungry Halesowen made it 3-1 in the 70th minute when the visiting defence needlessly gave the ball away to McDonald in midfield and he threaded the ball on for WRIGHT to skip a challenge and run through to beat Howie from 10 yards to effectively kill off the game with his 4th goal of the season.

The hosts defenders several late corners from the Linnets before adding an emphatic fourth goal in injury time when McDONALD superbly planted a direct free-kick into the top corner from almost 30 yards after Paul had been fouled.

Halesowen Town: Dormand; Platt, Hamilton, Pierpoint, Knight, Amos, Denny, Paul, Wright, Williams, McDonald. Unused Subs: Farrell, Francis, O’Garro, Cooke.

King’s Lynn: Howie; West, Chapman, Warren (Crane 76), C. Defty, Camm, Frew, Fleming, Turner (J. Defty 66), Bloomfield, Francis. Unused Subs: Fisk, Nolan, Murray.

Referee: L. Sinclair (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Attendance: 369

Booked: Platt (72), Paul (75)

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