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10 Oct 2009 SLP Halesowen Town 3-0 Leamington PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 10th October 2009.

Halesowen Town 3 Leamington 0

Substitute David Blenkinsopp grabbed two goals in another dominant second-half display from Halesowen in front of their highest attendance of the season. The fifth win at the Grove maintained the almost perfect home record as the Yeltz climbed back up towards mid-table.  The Ingram brothers, potential new owners of Halesowen Town, made a dramatic entrance by flying in by helicopter to watch the game. Jay Denny was missing from the Halesowen midfield as a result of a gentleman’s agreement between the two clubs after his recent move to the Grove. The result also cost Leamington manager Jason Cadden his job following a discussion with his Chairman immediately after the game.

Halesowen started slowly again in an even first half of few chances. Luke Corbett went close for the visitors in the 2nd minute but his far post header drifted just wide from Leon Broadhurst’s free-kick. Leading home striker Stefan Moore was then put through in the 12th minute but goalkeeper Chris Kiely did just enough to divert the ball away from goal with his skipper Guy Sanders tidying up. At the end of the first period, Scott Rickards fired a low drive at Kiely and Kiely then punched a back header clear from his own central defender Wayne Blossom.

But it proved a different story after the interval as second-half specialists Halesowen turned the screw. Kiely made a good fingertip save at the foot of the post to keep out a 48th minute free-kick from Tom Bates and Simon Johnson poked wide as the pace hotted up. Moore then just failed to keep his 61st minute header down at the end of a neat interchange between Blenkinsopp and Rickards before Tom Breward also nodded just high a minute later.

The Yeltz went ahead in the 64th minute when Breward set Moore free down the left and his low cross was turned home by BLENKINSOPP from close range in his first goal for Halesowen.

Broadhurst beat the offside trap in the 71st minute but he hesitated too long, allowing Henry Eze to clear. The home defence then held firm as the Brakes enjoyed a spell of pressure with three consecutive corners in the 71st minute in search of an equaliser.

Any chance of a Leamington fightback ended with BLENKINSOPP’s brilliant 75th minute solo goal making it 2-0 after he cut in from the left and beat two defenders to gain a sight on goal in the penalty area and superbly curled the ball beyond goalkeeper Kiely. A minute later Blenkinsopp set up Johnson but Kiely made a smart save low down.

With Halesowen in full control, BATES added a third goal in the 81st minute when he skipped past a high Leamington defensive line and ran on to calmly slot the ball beneath Kiely. In the final minute home goalkeeper Nick Bussey made an excellent fingertip save under his crossbar to deny Brakes’ substitute Josh Blake.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Connor (Smith 80), Pearce (Blenkinsopp 54), Eze, Hood, Breward (O’Brien 85), Bates, Rickards, Moore, Johnson, Griffiths. Unused Subs: Reji, Agbor.

Leamington: Kiely; Tuohy, Sanders, Gregory (Blake 79), Blossom, Jackson, Herlihy, Broadhurst, Corbett (Middleton 63), Bellingham, Husband (Murphy 88). Unused Subs: Reynolds, Anstiss.

Referee: A. Garrett (Walsall)

Attendance: 606

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