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16 Oct 2010 FAT1R Cirencester Town 3-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round – Saturday, 16th October 2010

Cirencester Town 3 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen bowed out at the first stage of their return to F.A. Trophy action with even a series of fine saves from Dean Coleman unable to prevent an inevitable ninth straight defeat.  The visitors named a surprisingly youthful line-up with a further four debuts handed out to defender Dexter Young and substitute Xenon Smith – both 16 year olds from the youth team; Declan Attenborrow and 16-year old Tyler Maxwell, who recently auditioned for Wayne Rooney’s ‘Street Striker’. Craig Connor regained the captain’s armband shortly before the kick-off, ahead of initial choice Adrian Manchester.


The Yeltz youngsters could not be faulted for effort and clung on for almost an hour against the odds thanks to a combination of Coleman’s penalty save and the help of the woodwork on several occasions, as the Centurions made heavy weather of progressing. Young impressed in central defence, despite suffering a head injury early in the second half.

But in reality, there was precious little to cheer again for the long-suffering travelling fans with Halesowen never really threatening to score, although Attenborrow hit over the bar after 16 minutes and Connor struck past the post in the 26th minute. A neat 40th minute move involving Ruben Izquierdo and James Williams then unfortunately came to nothing. In the second period, home goalkeeper Matt Bulman was finally tested by Attenborrow’s low shot after an hour and Anthony Bruce’s effort drifted wide. In injury time, substitute Smith flashed a shot across the face of Bulman’s goal.

Cirencester spurned their first of several good chances after 18 minutes when Scott Griffin’s cross from the left found Matt Sysum in space, but he side-footed weakly past the post. Rob Hoskin was then brought down by Halesowen defender Nick Milton in the penalty area after 24 minutes but in-form Coleman dived to his left to save Jody Bevan’s penalty kick and Griffin wasted a good opportunity from the rebound. Coleman then touched Sean Wood’s 25-yard drive onto the post and away for a corner after half-an-hour of one-way traffic.

At the start of the second half, home captain Lyndon Tomkins headed directly against the underside of the crossbar after Manchester headed away for a corner. Griffin put another free header wide in the 50th minute, Bevan forced a 54th minute corner and Wood chased a long ball to be denied by Coleman’s 55th minute block.

Just when a glimmer of hope was emerging that maybe it was just going to be one of those days for the hosts, Halesowen’s resolve was finally broken when Cirencester took the lead that their pressure deserved after 58 minutes. Wood played a ball down the left wing and although the cause initially looked lost, Hoskin chased the ball to cross for BEVAN to finally beat Coleman from six yards out.

As Halesowen wilted, Tomkins’ goal-bound shot was blocked and Coleman gratefully dived on the ball in a 62nd minute goalmouth scramble after initially failing to gather a corner. The loose ball had then been hooked against the underside of the crossbar and Griffin somehow missed stabbing home fro close range.

Substitute Marcus PALMER doubled Cirencester’s lead by glancing home a 76th minute header from Matt Jack’s edge of the area free-kick. With the floodgates threatening to open, Halesowen’s inexperience was exploited again when SYSUM made it 3-0 by powering home a header directly from a corner delivered by James Mortimer-Jones with ten minutes remaining. Coleman made another excellent save from Palmer’s 85th minute wide-angled shot but the continuation of a demoralising sequence of results had already been firmly set in stone.

Cirencester Town: Bulman; Reid, Etheridge, Sysum, Jack, Tomkins (c), Wood, Mortimer-Jones, Bevan, Griffin (Palmer 63), Hoskin (Banks 63). Unused Sub: Brown.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; Milton, Jarrett, Manchester, Young (Yousif 89), Connor (c), Izquierdo, Bruce, Attenborrow, Maxwell (Poston 83), Williams (Smith 68). Unused Subs: Nardiello, Flower (GK).

Referee: D. Leach (Witney)

Attendance: 112

Booked: Milton (24), Sysum (88)

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