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24 Apr 2010 SLP Halesowen Town 3-1 Didcot Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 24th April 2010

Halesowen Town 3 Didcot Town 1

Two goals from Alex Cowley secured a fifth straight Halesowen win, yet, despite an incredible run of only one league defeat in 33 outings since October 3rd, the Yeltz finished a re-vitalised campaign two points outside a play-off place.

Prior to the kick-off Stefan Moore was named as the Yeltz Trust Player of the season and the squad were also handed a bonus payment by the Ingram brothers, Godfrey and Graham, in recognition of Moore’s goal-scoring achievements.

In a lively start, Didcot earned a 2nd minute corner, only for Mark Draycott to blaze over the bar from close range following a head-tennis session. COWLEY fired the Yeltz ahead in the 3rd minute by squeezing the ball inside the post for his first goal of the season after Jimmy Turner headed on a free-kick. A minute later Lee Osborne was denied by a good save from Matt Trott and visiting goalkeeper Trott then finally ended Henry Eze’s mazy run as he beat four players in the 18th minute.

Eze was leading the line as centre-forward and just failed to connect properly with Osborne’s 19th minute cross and then outpaced Alex Stanley but went to ground in the penalty area with the suspicion of a slight shirt tug. Home goalkeeper Nick Bussey collected a cross from Draycott and parried a long range shot from the same player in the 32nd minute, but it was Eze who went close again in the 37th minute when his lob was caught by Trott.

COWLEY doubled Halesowen’s lead after his 42nd minute shot deflected off Stanley and completely wrong-footed Trott for his second goal of the afternoon.

Didcot hauled themselves back into the game four minutes after the interval when Trott collected Stephan Morley’s free-kick and sent a long clearance up-field. Substitute Philip JOHN latched onto the ball and although his shot on the bobble was saved by Bussey, he was on hand to convert the rebound. Osborne worked free down the Didcot right in the 58th minute but delayed his pass to Eze too long and a minute later Scott Rickards fired a free-kick over the bar after Eze was fouled on the edge of the area.

Josh Huggins missed a golden opportunity to level for Didcot by smashing against the crossbar in the 72nd minute when it looked easier to score and James Mortimer-Jones then drove inches wide of Bussey’s post.

But the Railwaymen were made to pay and reached the end of the line when the ball broke to find Aaron GRIFFITHS free to slot home in front of goal and make it 3-1 in the 81st minute following good work from Osborne.

Late on, there were chances at each end in an open finish and Huggins fired over the Halesowen bar after 83 minutes. Home substitute Liam Daly was put through on goal in the 86th minute but drove at Trott and in the final minute substitute Michael Bartley struck a good opportunity straight at Bussey.

The home fans were treated to a cameo substitute appearance from manager Matt Clarke for the final ten minutes, although he marked his first outing of the season with a yellow card just seconds after arriving of the pitch as the Yeltz coasted to the end of a highly successful season.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Rickards, Griffiths, Turner, Morley, Denny, Cowley (Clarke 80), Fulford (Daly 77), Eze, Osborne, Bradley (Jarrett 62). Unused Subs: Fowler, Moore.

Didcot Town: Trott; Sampson, Hopkins, Hutchins (Bartley 50), Brown (John 23 (Dutton-Black 75)), Stanley, Mortimer-Jones, Huggins, Draycott, Williams, Heapy. Unused Subs: Pierson.

Referee: D. Meeson (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Attendance: 355

Booked: Rickards (53), Heapy (72), Clarke (82), Turner (90)

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