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19 Oct 2010 SLP Oxford City 0-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Tuesday, 19th October 2010

Oxford City 0 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen broke their sequence of poor results by earning a gritty point in a predictable stalemate at Oxford’s Court Farm Place Stadium.  With both teams occupying the bottom two places in the current form table and struggling to find the net, the game saw just a series of half-chances until both goalkeepers made fine late saves to preserve a draw.

Halesowen captain Craig Connor missed the match through suspension and the visitors also had to shrug off their disappointment after hearing that Coleshill’s promising striker Danny Carter had opted not to join the Yeltz following a late change of heart.

City have only managed five league goals all season and are still without a league win but started eagerly by sending over several dangerous crosses from the left. Wayne Blossom then delivered an 18th minute free-kick that just skimmed the top of the head of Mark Janes in front of goal. Janes blasted high after 29 minutes and a 35th minute free-kick from James Clarke was punched clear by Yeltz goalkeeper Dean Coleman.

Halesowen broke away quickly down the right in the 37th minute but busy Liam Malone made a crucial tackle just as Lee Osborne was about to fire the trigger. The hosts ended the first half on top, but lacked any sign of a cutting edge as Blossom headed a good chance wide at the far post and Michael Lyon struck across the face of goal two minutes before the interval.

The second-half started in similar fashion with a 56th minute cross from Janes plucked by Coleman before Halesowen full-back James Williams curled an effort just wide after an hour. Alex Roofe then headed a 69th minute corner just over the Oxford bar with the visitors gradually showing more adventure up front.

Oxford’s Aaron Woodley made a good run down the left in the 70th minute to earn a corner and Halesowen central defender Chris Godwin was forced to concede another corner following a weak clearance by Coleman. The Yeltz then survived when a spell of pinball around the visiting penalty area in the 78th minute.

Both goalkeepers played their part by making splendid saves in the final five minutes. City’s Paul Davis blocked a low drive from Osborne in the 85th minute and Coleman did equally well to turn the ball around the post after Malone cut in from the left to shoot in the final minute. With neither side creative or incisive enough going forward, a draw was a fair result but one that was seen as a disappointment in both camps.

Oxford City: Davis; Clarke, Ashton (Dobson 69), Ballard, McIllwain, Blossom, Lyon (Kington 72), Malone, Pritchard, Janes, Woodley. Unused Subs: Lennon, O’Hara, Kinch.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; Jarrett, Williams, Roofe, Godwin, McGrath, Izquierdo, Bruce, Osborne, Attenborough (Maxwell 80), Gater. Unused Subs: Poston, Yousif, Flower.

Referee: C. Breakspear (Walton-on-Thames)

Attendance: 156

Booked: Ballard (15), Roofe (46), Clarke (67), Janes (76), Dobson (85).

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