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14 Feb 2009 SLP Halesowen Town 1-2 Gloucester City PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 14th February 2009

Halesowen Town 1 Gloucester City 2

Halesowen threw away an early advantage in a tale of two penalties and couldn’t repair the damage in the second-half against the ten-man Tigers.

Jay Denny served a one-match ban and Halesowen handed out three more debuts to Nathan Peprah-Annan, Richard Shittu and Joachim Lindholm to make an incredible total of 47 players turning out in Yeltz colours this term.

After a low-key opening, Tom Hamblin conceded a corner and Darren Caskey saw his fierce 9th minute shot parried away by goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer with Neil Mustoe clearing for a second corner. Justin Rowe then limped off early again to be replaced by Jack Allward after just 11 minutes.

The Yeltz took a 12th minute lead when goalkeeper Nick Bussey collected a corner and his long clearance bounced straight through for Aaron CORNWALL to cleverly hook the ball over Sawyer into the top corner from 15 yards under challenge from Mustoe.

Davion Hamilton missed a great chance to double the lead but his 18th minute penalty down the centre was clawed away by Sawyer after Matt Rose had impeded Cornwall on his follow up after his first shot was beaten away by Sawyer.
The save proved to be the game’s turning point and Halesowen paid the price when the Tigers equalised in the 24th minute through a well-taken penalty from Alex SYKES after the same player was brought down by Dennis Pearce. Mustoe then swept up to clear off the line from Hamilton in the 31st minute and at the other end Bussey saved from Jack Pitcher following Mustoe’s free-kick.

Gloucester grabbed a 2-1 lead with the winning 39th minute goal when Will Morford’s cross from the right found SYKES unmarked to calmly slot home off the inside of the post. Seconds before the interval Jean Black Ngody blazed over the Gloucester bar from 15 yards and ten minutes into the second period Caskey slammed a free-kick from the edge of the area over the bar.

But Halesowen failed to recover in a disappointing second half of few chances despite Gloucester being reduced to ten men in the 56th minute when Hamblin showed there was no love lost by being dismissed for a crude midfield challenge on Hamilton - who was forced to leave the field minutes later. As the Yeltz laboured, it was Gloucester’s Lee Ballinger who miscued in front of goal in the 65th minute before the visitors defended some late crosses. Peprah-Annan’s 85th minute shot was headed clear for a corner by Pitcher and substitute Ruben Gouveia’s 89th minute cross was cut out by Lee Marshall.

Gloucester stalwart assistant manager Adie Harris admitted that the two penalties turned the game. “If we’d gone 2-0 down, it was all over for us. But we equalised with our own penalty and after taking the lead we defended exceptionally well with ten men for 35 minutes as Halesowen created very little.“

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Peprah-Annan, Hamilton (Gouveia 59), Canoville, Pearce, Lindholm, Cornwall, Caskey (Murray 70), Shittu, Rowe (Allward 11), Ngody. Unused Sub: Paul.

Gloucester City: Sawyer; Sykes (J. Harris 59), Marshall, Mustoe, Hamblin, Rose, Ballinger, Webb, Pitcher, Morford (Keveren 76), Richards. Unused Subs: A. Harris, Twyman, Brett.

Referee: G. Etchells (Crewe)

Attendance: 434

Booked: Shittu (26), Sykes (39), Lindholm (45), Hamblin (55), Morford (62)

Sent Off: Hamblin (56)

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