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25 Aug 2007 SLP Halesowen Town 3-2 Cirencester Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 25th August 2007

Halesowen Town 3 Cirencester Town 2

Halesowen had to take the lead three times to finally overcome the battling Centurion youngsters and claim their first win of the season. Manager Martin O’Connor included new signings Nick Eaden at full-back and Nick Wright up front but sustained further injury woes as both Duane Darby and Gary Knight limped out of the game.

Each side won an early corner before the Yeltz took the lead in the 10th minute when Nick Eaden played the ball for Nick Amos to nod across for Liam McDONALD to unleash a fine goal-bound 20-yard shot. Although goalkeeper Matt Bulman appeared to have tipped over the bar, the ball still struck the corner of the net. However, the visitors were soon back on level terms when a 14th minute free-kick was played to Harry Etheridge on the overlap down the right and Alex STANLEY was first to his cross to launch an overhead kick over home goalkeeper James Dormand.

A good 17th minute cross from Amos almost saw Darby convert from five yards out and in the 20th minute McDonald made a mazy run but Bulman pushed away his shot for a corner.

Halesowen regained the lead after 21 minutes when DARBY headed home his first goal of the season from Davion Hamilton’s excellent left wing cross. Shane Paul robbed the visiting defence after 25 minutes but Bulman easily collected his 20-yard shot and Paul’s trickery then led to Eaden playing the ball through to Darby but the big striker was caught offside. Darby then headed on for Paul to fire at Bulman from Dormand’s long 33rd minute clearance. Cirencester’s Nick Stanley and Harry Etheridge then sent in long range free-kicks directly at Dormand before Darby sustained a recurrence of his hamstring injury when he failed to beat Bulman after latching onto Alex Stanley’s short 38th minute back-pass. The hosts escaped five minutes before the interval when Dormand fumbled and lost yet another Etheridge free-kick but Ed Booth eventually headed off the line from Phil Hall’s toe-poke.

The plucky Centurions bounced back to equalise for a second time in superb fashion in the 53rd minute when HALL collected Nick Stanley’s pass before turning inside his marker to plant a 15-yard shot into the far corner of the net.

But the Yeltz re-gained the initiative with the winning goal just a minute later. Nick Wright’s optimistic penalty appeal was turned down after a good run and the ball broke out for Eaden to deliver a far post cross for Amos to head back across goal allowing livewire PAUL to touch home from close range. In further pressure, substitute Aaron Farrell combined with Paul and Denny struck the post from a wide angle with goalkeeper Bulman in close contention.

Halesowen failed to increase the margin of victory with McDonald curling a 63rd minute free-kick just wide and Wright driving wide when clean through in the 68th minute as Farrell awaited a cross ball. Bulman then tipped McDonald’s 20-yard shot around the post for a corner in the 79th minute. Farrell found himself free on goal twice in injury time but he failed to beat goalkeeper Bulman on both occasions.

Halesowen Town: Dormand; Eaden, Hamilton, Booth, Knight (Williams 71), Amos, Denny, Wright (Francis 82), Paul, Darby (Farrell 38), McDonald. Unused Subs: O’Garro, Platt.

Cirencester Town: Bulman; Davies (Wallington 58), Rigley (Hilder 70), A. Stanley, Molyneaux, Collins, Haisley, Jackson, Hall, N. Stanley, Etheridge (Lewis 84). Unused Subs: Holder, Else.

Referee: J.W. Thornhill (Ilkeston)

Attendance: 312

Halesowen Town Man of the Match: Shane Paul

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