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12 Jul 2008 FRD Cradley Town 0-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Pre-season Friendly – Saturday, 12th July, 2008

Cradley Town 0 Halesowen Town 1

Last season’s leading goalscorer Dean BRENNAN stroked home the solitary goal from the penalty spot after lively new striker Justin Rowe was brought down in the 20th minute to hand Halesowen a narrow victory at near neighbours Cradley Town.

The game proved to be a keenly contested affair with several hot-blooded challenges flying in during the course of the afternoon.

Halesowen’s first pre-season outing saw a number of new signings on display for the first time together with a host of players on trial and, in the tradition of friendlies, manager Morell Maison elected to name a different line-up for each half.

Cradley included former Yeltz midfielder Liam McDonald, brother of manager Marcus McDonald, in their line-up and are widely expected to improve significantly on last season's basement finish in the Midland Alliance.

Full-back Jack Allward limped out of the game in the first period after falling awkwardly to sprain his right ankle to be replaced by Davion Hamilton.

The Hammers created a couple of good chances early in the second-half when McDonald struck just wide after 48 minutes and a free header was put wide of Nathan Vaughan’s post with Zema Abbey playing at the heart of an unfamiliar Halesowen defence.

Mark Danks almost made it 2-0 when his shot was touched just over the bar in the latter stages but the Yeltz failed to add further goals against a second-half home defence that included Loughborough university student Adam Johnson at left-back.

But the game ended in an animated brawl on the touchline near the dug-outs after a high challenge from Ludovic Quistin and the final whistle probably came as a relief to all concerned.

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