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03 Oct 2009 SLP Banbury United 2-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail
Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 3rd October 2009.
Banbury United 2 Halesowen Town 1

Halesowen find themselves third from bottom of the league table after being deducted ten points for entering administration and then being edged out by the odd goal in three at a blustery Spencer Stadium.  The Yeltz welcomed back Jay Denny in his return to the Halesowen midfield following a brief spell at Leamington but were without Jamie Hood who was serving a suspension with Dennis Pearce deputising in central defence.

But the visitors started slowly again with goalkeeper Nick Bussey punching clear from Jason Taylor in the 3rd minute. Stephan Morley’s poor back-pass then let in Taylor again, but he wasted his chance by putting the ball wide. As the visitors settled, Scott Rickards saw his 18th minute shot well saved by goalkeeper Joe Murrell before Morley then fired over the Banbury bar.

The Puritans took a 39th minute lead when TAYLOR converted from the penalty spot after Henry Eze pulled down Declan Benjamin in the area. Just before the interval Murrell saved the home side again after Stefan Moore worked behind the home defence.

The hosts doubled their lead with a gifted 50th minute goal after David Stone broke from midfield and Scott Rickards slipped to hand the ball on a plate for BENJAMIN to slot into the net.

A 68th minute reply put the Yeltz back in contention after leading scorer MOORE hit home a rebound after Murrell initially saved. Despite further late Halesowen pressure in search of an equaliser, the home defence held firm to register their first home win of the season.

Banbury United: Murrell; Redknap (Stanbridge 72), Milner, Martin, Learoyd, Ashton, Haisley, Coleman, Benjamin, Taylor (Forinton 72), Stone. Unused Subs: Gardner, Stringfellow.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Smith, Morley, Pearce, Eze, Breward, Denny, Rickards, Moore, Blenkinsopp, Griffiths.

Referee: I. J. Rathbone (Northampton)

Attendance: 428

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