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01 Sep 2007 SLP Merthyr Tydfil 2-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League Premier Division – Saturday, 1st September 2007

Merthyr Tydfil 2 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen Town produced a late recovery to come back from two goals down to earn a controversial draw at Merthyr Tydfil.

With the injury stricken Yeltz trailing going into stoppage time, Shane Paul scuffed an effort towards goal, following a mad scramble in the six-yard box. Merthyr goalkeeper Ashley Morris looked to have gathered the ball comfortably, but the referee judged the whole ball had crossed the line, before the keeper got the ball and the goal was given, much to the home side’s frustration.

After a cagey opening quarter to the match, in which both sides struggled to keep hold of the ball, it was Merthyr who were the first to settle and they took the lead on 26 minutes with the first meaningful chance of the match. Poor Yeltz defending from a corner allowed Merthyr’s captain Andrew Thomas to bury a free header into the net.

Worse was soon to follow for the Yeltz when five minutes later they shipped the tenth goal of the season as James Dormand allowed a soft Darren Davies free kick to go through his legs and into the net to double the home side’s lead.

Halesowen started to show signs of a revival at the start of the second half and should have pulled a goal back on 58 minutes. Nick Wright burst clear of the Merthyr defence, but Morris stood his ground and made a vital block at his near post.

Just when it looked like the Yeltz were starting to run out of ideas, they managed to pull a goal a back on 75 minutes to give them renewed hope. Wright again burst clear of the defence and this time he rounded the keeper before calmly slotting the ball into the net.

Three minutes later, Paul very nearly equalised for the Yeltz when his half volley was superbly tipped over by Morris. At the other end, substitute Tarrant Watkins saw a dipping shot drop narrowly wide, with Dormand beaten.

Halesowen, playing in unfamiliar red, continued to press for the equaliser late on and got that bit of good fortune at the end to come away with a valuable point, which may prove pivotal come the end of the season.

Merthyr Tydfil: Morris; Williams, Davies, Thomas, Griffiths, Harris (Watkins 55), Carpenter, Dimond, Jones (Clarke 63), Stein, Glassey. Unused Subs: Griffiths, Porter, Hammond.
Booked: Thomas (34), Jones (45)

Halesowen Town: Dormand; Platt, Hamilton, Pearce, Booth, Amos, Denny, Wright, Paul, Farrell (Williams 45), Haywood. Unused Subs: Pierpoint, Francis, Cooke, Jay
Booked: Booth (50), Denny (90)

Referee: N. Radford (Worcester)

Attendance: 403

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