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08 Nov 2008 SLP Halesowen Town 0-1 Farnborough PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 8th November 2008

Halesowen Town 0 Farnborough 1

Well-organised Farnborough took all three points in a slender victory to consolidate their title credentials and push Halesowen back towards mid-table.

The Yeltz were looking to bounce back from a recent dip in form and made an upbeat start with Mark Danks striking just over the bar after just 20 seconds and Aaron Cornwall hitting just wide to earn a 3rd minute corner, from which Michael Briscoe headed just wide. Farnborough’s Nicholas Ciardini then tidied up from Jay Denny and Ryan Scott saw his long range effort earn a corner at the other end.

But Halesowen gave themselves an uphill task when Boro snatched the solitary winning 18th minute goal as centre-forward Mark Gamble headed on to give Michael CHARLES a sight on goal and he buried the ball convincingly past goalkeeper Nick Bussey from 15 yards. Gamble then scooped just wide two minutes later. Cornwall picked up his 5th booking of the season and a forthcoming suspension in the 26th minute.

From then on, Halesowen found it difficult to break down a well-drilled Farnborough defence that has only conceded eight league goals and remain unbeaten away all season. Substitute Zema Abbey struck weakly at goalkeeper Lyall Beazley and Beazley then held onto Darren Caskey’s fierce shot on 37 minutes. Charles nearly got the better of defender Gavin Hoyte to win a Farnborough corner in the 40th minute.

Halesowen’s best chance fell on 42 minutes when Caskey curled in a direct 25-yard free-kick but the ball rebounded off the underside of the crossbar with Beazley beaten allowing Adam Doyle to clear. Dean Smith then flashed a header just over the bar from Cornwall’s cross on the stroke of half-time.

At the start of the second period Jay Denny’s shot was deflected just wide and on the hour Abbey received the ball in from the right wing and turned to volley just over the bar.

Boro went close to adding to their tally in the 70th minute when Bussey made a good fingertip save to keep out Gamble’s shot across goal and Charles could only strike the inviting rebound against the crossbar. Three minutes later Gamble’s long range shot struck the base of the Halesowen post.

Halesowen piled on the pressure late on but Farnborough’s rearguard held firm with Beazley doing well to keep out several dangerous crosses. In the final minute home goalkeeper Bussey also saved well to deny Leigh Rumbold.

After the game, Farnborough manager Francis Vines - who also guided Crawley Town to Southern League success - felt that “Halesowen played well and they will be back up there at the end of the season when they start to take their chances. We are a young side, but we played together as a unit today with two busy strikers and a goalkeeper who handled exceptionally well”.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Canoville, Cowley, Hoyte, Briscoe, Denny, Smith (Michi 68), Caskey, Rowe (Abbey 27), Danks (Palmer 68), Cornwall. Unused Subs: Allward, Melitas.

Farnborough: Beazley; Ray, Oliver, Woozley, Doyle, Barima, Rumbold, Scott, Gamble, Charles (Richardson 80), Ciardini (Edusei 80). Unused Subs: Lyons, Saunders, Moore.

Referee: K. Hayward (Stoke-on-Trent)

Attendance: 432

Booked: Doyle (10), Cornwall (26), Hoyte (53), Cowley (88)

Sponsors’ Halesowen Town Man of the Match: Alex Cowley

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