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09 Oct 2010 SLP Truro City 6-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 9th October 2010

Truro City 6 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen were smashed for six by joint league leaders Truro as a seventh straight defeat made it the worst sequence of league results for a generation.

The visitors were immediately on the back-foot and Mark Fullwood was kept busy in the Halesowen goal as he made a string of fine early saves in one-way traffic. Fullwood palmed Marcus Martin’s header onto the upright from Martin Watts’ 4th minute free-kick before keeping out Martin’s shot from the left moments later.

The White Tigers deservedly went ahead after 14 minutes when a Watts corner fell for Dan SMITH to smash home off the underside of the bar with the aid of an unlucky final touch from Fullwood. Fullwood then produced his third excellent save of the day by palming away as Watkins drove towards the far corner.

Lee Osborne looked Halesowen’s liveliest player of another sorry afternoon but his 23rd minute strike was ruled out for offside. As Truro resumed their onslaught, Andy Watkins squared the ball for Smith to miss in front of goal and Fullwood was on hand again to tip away a 25th minute shot towards the top corner from Watkins.

But it was little surprise as the hosts doubled their lead from a 28th minute corner with MARTIN supplying the final touch.

The Yeltz woes were compounded when play was held up for several minutes and visiting goalkeeper Fullwood was stretchered off with a serious knee injury ten minutes before half-time. Former Bideford Town defender Nick Milton marked a dramatic debut by surprisingly taking over the goalkeeping gloves, despite experienced Dean Coleman being named as substitute goalkeeper. But Milton started confidently with a great 40th minute save to turn a Barry Hayles effort onto the crossbar. Home goalkeeper Tom Brooks then made a good save from Osborne two minutes before half-time.

Just two minutes into the second half, Truro added an inevitable third goal when substitute Joe Broad set up WATKINS to beat Milton from a tight angle. On a rare Halesowen break, captain Craig Connor robbed Joe Broad but overhit his final through ball to Osborne.

As the home pressure continued, Watkins turned provider to set up SMITH to drive home from the edge of the penalty area to make it 4-0 in the 61st minute. A fifth goal soon followed when MARTIN headed home Andy Taylor’s corner three minutes later.

With the game over as a contest, the pace died late on, although stand-in goalkeeper Milton saved again from substitute Stewart Yetton at his near post.

The Cornishmen’s comfortable victory was completed when veteran striker HAYLES finally claimed his first goal in his fifth Truro game by racing through to lift the ball over on-rushing Milton after Alex Roofe missed a header on the half-way line to make it 6-0 with ten minutes remaining. In the final minute Osborne went down with an injury as the Yeltz finished a long day by being dumped into the bottom four of the table.

Truro City: Brooks; McConnell, Watts, Hodges, Adams, Clay, Taylor, Martin, Hayles, Watkins, Smith. Subs: Jeannin, Rice, Pugh, Broad, Yetton.

Halesowen Town: Fullwood (Burtoft 35); Milton, Williams, Roofe, Godwin (Yousif 55), Sowe, Izquierdo, Manchester, Osborne, Gater, Connor (c). Unused Subs: Youngs, Nardiello, Coleman.

Referee: T. Wood

Attendance: 407

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