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14 Nov 2009 SLP Truro City 1-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 14th November 2009.

Truro City 1 Halesowen Town 2

Manager Matt Clarke hailed Halesowen’s victory at ambitious, in-form Truro as a “massive win” in their first ever competitive game in Cornwall.

With the worst of the weekend storm already passing through an exposed Treyew Road, Halesowen benefited from their overnight stay to make a perfect start.  Aaron Griffiths was brought down on the left by Arran Pugh in the 7th minute, allowing goal machine Stefan MOORE to send goalkeeper Martin Rice the wrong way from the penalty spot to tuck home his 19th goal of the season.

Visiting goalkeeper Nick Bussey kept out a 10th minute header from giant Pugh and influential home midfielder Andy Taylor sent a 25 yard drive over the bar. Bussey was then well placed to keep out a long range free-kick from Taylor after he was fouled by Jay Denny.

But Halesowen continued to look lively with Craig Connor and Griffiths acting as wing-backs and Moore saw another chance just wide before Griffiths was denied by Rice midway through the half.

Late in the first half the game entered a phase of hefty challenges and the Tigers’ task was made more difficult when Steve Adams, on-loan from Torquay, was dismissed with a straight red card in the 39th minute for a poor challenge on Jamie Hood - who bravely played on through the pain barrier.

Manager Sean McCarthy made a double substitution at the interval as ten-man Truro tested the Yeltz in the second period. A 51st corner from Lee Hodges was eventually cleared by the visiting defence, but Halesowen still created chances with Simon Johnson close in the 54th minute although he was stopped by Rice as the ball drifted away from his first touch. With Halesowen finding it difficult to make the extra man count, the visitors defended deep to keep out several crosses and Henry Eze did well to clear before Bussey kept out a curling drive after an hour.

Halesowen’s extra pace gave them important breathing space by making it 2-0 in the 64th minute when JOHNSON took advantage of Jake Ash’s clearance to latch onto the ball from the right and cut inside his defender to drive past goalkeeper Rice.

Truro had late hope when Taylor crossed for Les AFFUL to reduce the arrears with his ninth goal of the season in the 70th minute. But Halesowen snuffed out the late threat as Truro fired in further late corners and free-kick from the edge of the area with Eze in commanding form. With two minutes remaining, Moore was denied once again on the break with Rice making a crucial save.

Truro City: Rice; McConnell, Hodges, Pugh (Ash 45), Gaia, Adams, Taylor, Martin, Yetton (Watkins 74), Afful, Walker (Broad 45). Unused Subs: Clay, Brooks.

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Connor, Morley, Eze, Hood, Breward (Blenkinsopp 72), Johnson, Denny, Moore, Griffiths, Rickards. Unused Subs: O’Brien, Pearce, Clarke, Flower.

Referee: M. Pottage (Wincanton)    Attendance: 429

Booked: Afful (38), Eze (38), Connor (57), Martin (84)

Sent Off: Adams (39)

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