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27 Jan 2009 SLP Brackley Town 4-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Tuesday, 27th January 2009

Brackley Town 4 Halesowen Town 1

Troubled Halesowen were torn apart as Brackley surged into a 4-0 lead within half an hour and only goalkeeper Nick Bussey prevented further embarrassment with a series of superb saves.

Four new signings – Jerome and Carl Paul at fullbacks together with Akwasi Edusei and Eric Young  - were unable to stop the rot and the Yeltz started the game with only two substitutes (again) as an M1 closure delayed Lee Canoville and Jon Stevenson (again).

Ruben Gouveia picked up Reuben Max-Grant’s lay-off to drive just wide in the 3rd minute. But as on Saturday, Halesowen fell behind after just five minutes when Michael Briscoe partly cleared Jon Brady’s corner and Derek BROWN bundled home a header from close range.

Tom WINTERS was left to run yards free from a long ball and advanced before smashing the second goal past bemused Bussey in the 12th minute. There were more Yeltz red-faces when the ball was threaded through for Elliott SANDY to slot home to make it an incredible 3-0 after just 15 minutes.

With Brackley totally in charge, Bussey denied Winters in the 18th minute and made another good save with his legs from Ben Mackey five minutes later. Jay Denny went close for Halesowen on 19 minutes and Canoville arrived to replace Carl Paul in the 24th minute.

Brackley ripped the visiting defence to shreds again when Winters broke free and SANDY cut in to smash past Bussey to put the Saints into an unassailable 4-0 lead after just 31 minutes. Before the interval Bussey prevented an almost certain goal with a splendid double save from Mackey and Sandy before another wave of attacks saw Sandy strike the side-netting on the turn at the end of a first-half trouncing.

Bussey then made another good save seconds into the second half as Sandy searched for his hat-trick with a 20-yard drive. But Sandy was disappointed to only earn himself a yellow card after his 52nd minute penalty appeal was considered to have theatrical merit. Bussey’s one-man show saw him beat the ball away from Mackey in the 67th minute and he made an excellent stop to deny a drive from former Yeltz full-back David Perpetuini two minutes later.

However, with the game already over as a contest, Brackley took their foot off the pedal as the game progressed and Halesowen even managed a consolation goal when Mark DANKS converted a 72nd minute penalty after being fouled by goalkeeper Richard Knight. The ever hard-working Alex Cowley then brought a good save from Knight with eight minutes remaining.

Brackley Town: Knight; Farley (Fontanelle 71), Perpetuini, Blossom, Brown, Green, Cracknell (Kearns 65), Brady (Hadland 71), Sandy, Mackey, Winters. Unused Sub: Harper, Spencer.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; J. Paul, C. Paul (Canoville 24), Briscoe, Pearce, Denny, Gouveia (Allward 77), Cowley, Max-Grant (Stevenson 45), Danks, Edusei. Unused Sub: Young.

Referee: A. Fielding (Banbury)

Attendance: 208

Booked: Sandy (52), Denny (63)

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