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18 Sept 2010 SLP Windsor & Eton 2-1 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 18th September 2010

Windsor and Eton 2 Halesowen Town 1

Halesowen’s late flourish came just too late to rescue a share of the points on the first ever visit to Windsor and Eton’s Stag Meadow.  Central defensive pair Adrian Manchester and Chris Godwin made their Halesowen debuts but the visitors played second fiddle during much of the first half.

Dean Coleman punched a 7th minute corner clear from dangerous David Pearce and then made a good 15th minute save from Michael Chennells. Halesowen’s first attempt saw Michael Hayden denied by charismatic goalkeeper Delroy Preddie in the 22nd minute.

The Royalists went ahead in the 24th minute when Chennells broke free of a flat Halesowen defence down the right to cross for PEARCE to claim the goal by converting at the far post, although the ball actually struck unlucky Dallas Moore from Coleman’s initial save. The goal was a fair reflection on the first half play as Fiston Manuella ballooned over the Halesowen bar after 32 minutes and the hosts forced two corners just before the interval with the coach-load of Yeltz supporters left to count out jumbo-jets every two minutes under the Heathrow flight-path.

Halesowen’s best chance of the opening half came in the 41st minute when Dallas Moore almost stole in at the far post from Daryl Taylor’s cross.

In a double substitution, Ruben Izquierdo and Lee Osborne were introduced for a much improved second half performance from the Yeltz. However, Pearce netted again for Windsor and Eton after an hour although play had already been pulled back for a free-kick with Manuella subsequently heading Jake Parsons’ dead-ball kick just over the bar. Coleman then gathered at the feet of Chennells in the 65th minute and Chennells went close on the turn from a Parsons’ corner four minutes later.

With Halesowen pushing forward, the game’s defining moment saw Izquierdo’s free-kick headed on by Godwin for Dallas Moore to be denied at the far post. Halesowen’s defence were slow to re-group as the Royalists broke quickly to find Pearce free and he crossed from the left for MANUELLA to flick home the decisive goal in the 73rd minute.

The Yeltz finished the afternoon strongly but spurned several good chances to get back into the game. Izquierdo’s skill and intelligent passing caught the eye and he set up Conor Gater in the 75th minute, but he shot wide from a good position. Osborne then found himself free on goal a minute later but struck straight at Preddie. Stefan Moore headed at Preddie in the 81st minute and then turned to fire wide in the 85th minute.

A lovely, flowing 89th minute move ended with Windsor and Eton substitute Jemel Johnson hitting past the post and with 90 minutes on the clock Halesowen’s Dallas Moore went agonisingly close yet again at the far post after Stefan Moore headed on Taylor’s free-kick.

Halesowen finally claimed a consolation goal five minutes into injury time when Osborne was blocked out from a quickly taken free-kick but the ball broke for Stefan MOORE to pick his spot and rifle home.

The goal couldn’t prevent Halesowen slipping to their third successive defeat but did ignite home frustrations and gave rise to protestations towards the referee, specifically over the positioning of the free-kick, and by charismatic goalkeeper Preddie towards his own defence.

Windsor and Eton: Preddie; Brown, Owens, Clayton, Woozley (c), James (Ewang 75), Parsons (Dowdican 87), Manuella (Johnson 84), Wadieh, Chennells, Pearce. Unused Subs: Bernard, Gould.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; D. Moore, Sowe (Izquierdo HT), Manchester, Godwin, Hayden (Burtoft 63), Taylor, Connor (c), S. Moore, Nardiello (Osborne HT), Gater. Unused Subs: Yousif, Fullwood.

Referee: R. Mackay

Attendance: 191

Booked: James (61)

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