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04 Apr 2009 SLP Halesowen Town 0-5 Corby Town PDF Print E-mail

British Gas Business Football League - Premier Division – Saturday, 4th April 2009

Halesowen Town 0 Corby Town 5

Second-placed Corby thumped five goals past Halesowen with the help of a first-half hat-trick from Leon Mettam. The match was cleared to go ahead after the FA’s midweek suspension was finally lifted late on Friday following intense behind-the-scenes work from club officials.

But the problems spilled onto the pitch as the Steelman romped into a four-goal lead at the interval. In a lively start, Corby’s giant striker Jason Lee nodded just wide after Mettam lofted over a first minute free-kick. Former Yeltz goalkeeper Mark Osborn made a tremendous 2nd minute save to tip Dennis Pearce’s header over the bar from a corner kick and seconds later Osborn made another good save to deny Francis Williams.

Corby went on to take a 9th minute lead with METTAM’s delightful 20-yard shot curling into the top corner from Tommy Jaszczun’s quickly taken free-kick. LEE made it 2-0 with a simple 23rd minute header after Jaszczun’s left-wing cross evaded goalkeeper Nick Bussey.

A third Corby goal followed in the 37th minute after Steven Towers put Joe Francis free down the left and although his shot was blocked, he played the rebound on for METTAM to take the ball down and convert in the six-yard box. METTAM completed his hat-trick to make it an incredible 4-0 on the stroke of half-time when he squeezed a shot under Bussey after shaking off his marker.

With the game over as a contest, the second-half proved to be an anti-climax with Corby always looking likely to add further goals. TOWERS completed the rout after 63 minutes by following up after substitute Matt O’Halloran’s shot was blocked by Bussey.

Steve Diggin slotted wide under pressure after 79 minutes before seeing his 82nd minute shot well saved by Bussey. To complete a bad day, full-back Jack Allward was dismissed with a straight red card in the 83rd minute after a challenge from behind on substitute Matt Nolan. Late on, Bussey turned an 85th minute shot by Towers over the bar and O’Halloran somehow blasted an open goal opportunity over the bar from close range with three minutes remaining. After the final whistle, a mid-pitch disagreement resulted in Halesowen substitute James Johnson and Osborn receiving yellow cards.

Man of the match Mettam said the result would “send shockwaves through the league and set up Corby for their midweek top-of-table clash with Farnborough. Our away form has been tremendous this season and I’ve just been waiting for my chance to go up front.”  His manager Graham Drury admitted “Osborn’s early save spurred us on. We have a healthy, strong squad and a lively front pairing. It’s important that we kept a clean sheet as I know we can always score enough goals to win games.”

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Loney (Johnson 33), Allward, Clarke, Pearce (Choi 45), Denny, O’Brien, Deakin, Darby (Taylor 57), Griffiths, Williams. Unused Subs: Daval, Thomas.

Corby Town: Osborn; West, Jaszczun, Watt, Gulliver, Hibbert, Diggin, Towers, Lee (O’Halloran 55), Mettam (Nolan 55), Francis (Turner 62). Unused Subs: Burgess, Hildreth.

Referee: N. Day (Kidsgrove)

Attendance: 294

Booked: Watt (68), Johnson (90), Osborn (90)

Sent Off: Allward (83)

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