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23 Oct 2010 SLP Halesowen Town 1-0 Didcot Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 23rd October 2010

Halesowen Town 1 Didcot Town 0

Halesowen celebrated their first win in eleven outings courtesy of an early goal from Lee Osborne. But the margin of victory could have been much greater as the Yeltz youngsters went close several times against disappointing Didcot, who arrived at the Grove on the back of an excellent away record.

OSBOURNE received the ball with his back to goal in the 7th minute but turned to shrug off two defenders and beat goalkeeper Sam Warrell with a low drive. Just a minute later Osborne met a cross from Craig Connor to force a corner and a fine through ball from Michael McGrath almost put Ruben Izquierdo clear in the 11th minute.

Mark Draycott chipped the ball over his own head to strike just wide for the Railwaymen after 18 minutes and Reece Connolly then hit a low shot at in-form home goalkeeper Dean Coleman. Jordan Tabor delivered a corner straight into Coleman’s arms after half-an-hour with little end-product resulting from Didcot’s possession.

The Yeltz were forced into a change midway through the first half when teenager Dexter Young made his home debut to replace Alex Roofe, but Young helped the home defence hold firm for the rest of the afternoon in a second successive clean sheet.

From that point, Halesowen always looked the most likely to score and Izquierdo stabbed inches wide in the 35th minute as the visiting defence failed to clear. Captain Connor then put McGrath free on goal but he curled a good opportunity wide of the post.

As their confidence grew, the Yeltz enjoyed a good spell of pressure at the start of the second period as Izquierdo’s 50th minute trickery released Osborne to strike wide, with a bright rainbow appearing over the Grove. Anthony Bruce was out of luck when he turned to unleash a shot against the far post from the edge of the area in the 53rd minute. Warrell then spilled Osborne’s 63rd minute drive with Bruce poking the rebound wide.

Didcot’s plight worsened when full-back Jason Castello was sent off in his second yellow card offence for bringing down Izquierdo in the 65th minute, as the visitors became the fourth team to suffer a red card at the Grove this season. However, Didcot looked livelier after substitute striker Michael Bartley introduced some much needed pace and the ten men pushed forward to force two corners with Andy Gunn heading just wide in the 73rd minute.

Late on, Warrell made another fine blocking save in the 77th minute after Osborne burst through. Osborne then squared the ball for substitute James Williams to screw wide of an open goal two minutes later, but Halesowen had already done enough to claim all three precious points.

Halesowen Town: Coleman; Milton, Jarrett (J. Williams 73), Bruce, Roofe (Young 28), Godwin, Connor (c), McGrath (Yousif 87), Osborne, Izquierdo, Gater. Unused Subs: Poston, Flower.

Didcot Town: Warrell; Castello, Tabor (Huggins 69), A. Williams, Gunn, Heapy (c), Dutton-Blake, Osborne-Ricketts, Connolly, Draycott (Bartley 64), M. Williams. Unused Subs: Stanley, Longford, Perreira.

Referee: N. Radford (Worcester)

Attendance: 159

Booked: Castello (51), Gater (58), Osborne (90)

Sent Off: Castello (65)

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