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18 Aug 2009 SLP Nuneaton Town 1-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Tuesday, 18th August 2009

Nuneaton Town 1 Halesowen Town 1

Battling Halesowen kept up their impressive start to the season with a well deserved draw silencing the large home crowd at Liberty Way.

After an even start to the game with few early chances, Chris Dillon headed wide for the hosts from a 23rd minute corner following a neat interchange between captain Mark Noon and Lee Moore.

But spirited Halesowen gradually negated Nuneaton's high expectations with their determined play. A good right-wing cross by Scott Rickards was hacked clear and Aaron Griffiths struck just wide from a free-kick on the corner of the penalty area after half an hour.

Scott RICKARDS then put the Yeltz ahead after 32 minutes by unleashing a 25-yard rocket straight down the centre of goal, leaving goalkeeper Darren Acton floundering.

Dillon headed a good chance wide in the 40th minute for a frustrated home side that included former Halesowen favourites Stuart Pierpoint and Simon Forsdick. Seconds before the half-time break Stefan Moore weaved through the Nuneaton defence, only to see his curling shot turned away for a corner.

Nuneaton applied the pressure at the start of the second period and Justin Marsden put a free header wide of the mark from Lee Moore's 52nd minute cross before Dillon nodded wide three minutes later. Dillon's cross along goal was then grabbed by confident-looking goalkeeper Nick Bussey with an hour on the clock.

But with Halesowen tiring, Nuneaton grabbed an equaliser through an unfortunate own-goal when an otherwise solid full-back Craig CONNOR could only turn a right-wing free-kick from Forsdick back across goal and into his own net following a foul by Griffiths.

Substitute Tom Bates breathed renewed life into Halesowen and they went close in the 74th minute when an effort from Bates was saved at the foot of his post by Acton. A long range 77th minute drive from home substitute James Armson was kept out by Bussey but Halesowen finished strongly with Stefan Moore denied by Acton and the home defence escaped when a late cross sailed through an unattended penalty area.

The Halesowen players and management received a rousing approval from a large contingent of travelling fans in a crowd almost ten times as large as the previously boycotted home game.

Nuneaton Town: Acton; Oddy, Forsdick (Spacey 67), Noon, Hadland (Armson 42), Dean, Marsden, Storer, Dillon (Murphy 76), L. Moore, Pierpoint. Unused Subs: Foster, Matthews.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Connor, Morley, Knight, Pearce, Breward, Dodds, Rickards, S. Moore, Johnson (Barlone 56), Griffiths (Bates 65). Unused Subs: O’Brien, Gray(GK), Cooke.

Referee: T. Hollidge

Attendance: 901

Booked: Breward (41), Johnson (54), Griffiths (61)

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