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06 Dec 2009 SLP Halesowen Town 2-4 Swindon Supermarine PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 6th December 2008

Halesowen Town 2 Swindon Supermarine 4

Halesowen’s run of five straight wins was ended as surprise package Swindon continued their long unbeaten run to move above Halesowen into second place in an exciting top of the table clash.

It was an afternoon to forget for the Yeltz who somehow picked up one red and five yellow cards with goalkeeper Nick Bussey sent off for the third time this season in a game of three penalties.

Strong Swindon made a bright start and forced three corners within the first eleven minutes before Halesowen’s first chance saw Mark Danks chip just wide after 13 minutes in a cracker of a first half. A 16th minute Danks free-kick was then turned away for a corner by goalkeeper Matt Bulman at the foot of his post.

Things looked up for Halesowen as they took a 19th minute lead with DANKS smashing home from the penalty spot after he was brought down on the edge of the penalty area.  A long range effort from Ruben Gouveia then brought a good save from Bulman in the 23rd minute.

But defensive lapses meant Halesowen were unable to hold their lead and Swindon responded by taking the lead within ten minutes. The visitors levelled in the 24th minute when leading striker Alan GRIFFIN beat the offside trap and raced down the left wing before sidestepping a challenge from Gavin Hoyte to smash past Bussey from a wide angle. Swindon then took a 2-1 lead four minutes later when a long throw-in was headed on for Steve COOK to nod home into the corner of the net.

As the action continued Gouveia’s 35th minute header was collected by Bulman from Nuno Barreto’s cross and seconds before the interval Gouveia’s glancing header rebounded off the Swindon post.

Halesowen pushed forward at the start of the second period in an attempt to recover the deficit but Barreto nodded wide in space from Jay Denny’s short 51st minute cross. A 57th minute shot from Danks was then juggled by Bulman but he held on with Gouveia ready to pounce.

The turning point arrived in the 62nd minute when Hoyte’s mistake gifted Ashley Edenborough a clear run on goal but he was felled as he rounded goalkeeper Bussey who received an inevitable red card to be sent off and reduce Halesowen to ten men. Substitute Darren Caskey took over the goalkeeping gloves and although Cook’s resulting penalty rattled the crossbar and Caskey tipped the ball away, COOK was on hand to follow-up and slam home his second goal of the game in a goalmouth scramble.

After a flurry of yellow cards, Swindon swept into an unbeatable 4-1 lead with a simple goal in the 81st minute when GRIFFIN received the ball across the penalty area to roll the ball into the corner of the net beyond Caskey. Caskey went on to make a couple of unconventional saves before Aaron Cornwall was crowded out following an 85th minute run into the Swindon penalty area. DANKS gave the scoreline more respectability by converting an 89th minute penalty to register his tenth goal of the season after Hoyte was hauled down.
Swindon manager Mark Collier was delighted to watch his young side reel off their 7th away league win of the season. He commented “it’s a tough place to come but I felt we won in style as we continue to play with confidence and belief. The sending-off and penalty was obviously a turning point that helped us. I’m disappointed we gave away two penalties but it’s tremendous to still be unbeaten away in the league at this stage of the season.”

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Briscoe, Cowley, Canoville, Hoyte, Denny, Barreto (Palmer 75), Cornwall, Abbey, Danks, Gouveia (Caskey 63). Unused Subs: Smith, Campbell, Melitas.

Swindon Supermarine: Bulman; Lapham, Allen, McKay, Henry, Horgan, Cook, Edenborough (Draycott 76), Griffin, Taylor, Stanley (Hopper 90). Unused Subs: Wood, Howell, Harris.

Referee: O. Yates (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Attendance: 509

Booked: Bussey (24), Denny (27), Abbey (39), Bulman (58), Barreto (68), Cornwall (69), Horgan (73)

Sent Off: Bussey (62)

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