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13 Mar 2010 SLP Halesowen Town 0-2 Banbury United PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 13th March 2010

Halesowen Town 0 Banbury United 2

Banbury ended Halesowen’s incredible 23-game unbeaten run and in the process also terminated Halesowen’s unbeaten home record with a goal in each half. Ironically, the Puritans were the last team to inflict a league defeat on the Yeltz way back in early October and therefore completed an unlikely double to severely damage Halesowen’s play-off hopes.

Halesowen were without injured Nathan Smith but still started encouragingly to force four consecutive corners in the 5th minute after Banbury goalkeeper Mark Scott flapped at the ball. But from that moment on, it was a disappointing and strangely out-of-sorts performance from Halesowen as they barely troubled goalkeeper Scott again until late in the second half.

The hosts had a double let-off after 11 minutes when Henry Eze’s headed clearance fell invitingly for Nabil Shariff to strike the inside of the post with goalkeeper Nick Bussey well beaten before Bussey saved the rebound strike from Marvin Martin with his legs. George Redknap then looped a tame shot at Bussey in the 16th minute whilst for Halesowen a 22nd minute shot from Danny Edwards was saved low down by Scott.

Mid-table Banbury took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when David STONE embarked on a good run from the right to weave his way into the penalty area and finish smartly into the bottom corner.

Just before the interval Edwards just failed to keep the ball down as his half-volley sailed inches over the bar from a Scott Rickards corner and visiting defender Jack Ashton then made a timely intervention to stop Craig Connor in the Banbury penalty area.

Halesowen continued to look disjointed into the second half despite three substitutions and Banbury delivered the hammer blow by doubling their lead in the 65th minute when SHARIFF turned to fire past Bussey from the edge of the area with another clean finish.

Goalkeeper Scott recovered from juggling the ball to make a fine reflex save to tip the ball over his bar in the 72nd minute in Halesowen’s best chance of the game following a goalmouth scramble. Joe Coleman fired a half-volley just over the Yeltz bar in the final minute and David Blenkinsopp summed up Halesowen’s miserable afternoon by screwing well wide in injury time.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Connor, Turner (Hood 72), Daly, Eze, Denny, McDermott (Cowley 66), Rickards, Moore, Blenkinsopp, Edwards (Griffiths 58). Unused Subs: Fulford, Morley.

Banbury United: Scott; Redknap, Ashton, Milner, Learoyd, Haisley, Coleman, Stanbridge, Stone, Shariff, Martin. Unused Subs: Foster, Benjamin, Hilliard, Taylor, Murrell.

Referee: A. Sheffield (Walsall)

Attendance: 435

Booked: Stanbridge (74)

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