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27 Nov 2010 SLP Halesowen Town 5-3 Brackley Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 27th November 2010

Halesowen Town 5 Brackley Town 3

Justin Nisbett bagged a hat-trick on his Halesowen debut at the goals galore Grove after forming a lethal combination with Lee Osborne. Significantly, Osborne benefited from extra support going forward to set up all three of Nisbett’s goals and resolve Halesowen’s recent goal drought. Shaun Cunnington’s knowledge of the local scene also handed starting debuts to Gareth Davies, Adam Robinson and Lee Chilton for the new-look Yeltz.

The bone hard, frosty surface created problems for both defences all afternoon and Brackley broke away quickly in the 5th minute after defending a corner with Tom Winters setting up Anthony Thomas to drive wide from ten yards out.

NISBETT opened the Halesowen scoring in the 10th minute by rushing in to crash the ball into the roof of the net from close range after excellent work down the left allowed Osborne to cross along the goal-line. A couple of minutes later Osborne burst through again but Stuart Dorrill produced a blocking save and Osborne was eventually ruled offside.

Brackley equalised in the 16th minute when THOMAS stuck out a foot after Winters whipped in a right-wing cross-shot and the ball pinged into the net to leave goalkeeper Nick Bussey helpless. In a better spell for the visitors, Bussey collected a 27th minute header from Winters before clawing away another Winters’ effort. As Bussey juggled the resulting 29th minute corner, Owen Story unsuccessfully appealed that the ball had crossed the line.

But the Yeltz came back strongly before the break with Dorrill gathering Ruben Izquierdo’s low 36th minute shot from Osborne’s fine left-wing cross. Izquierdo then touched a free-kick for Michael McGrath to drive a deflected shot inches wide. Halesowen restored their lead a minute before the interval when Osborne worked free to fire towards goal and NISBETT nipped in to round keeper Dorrill and beat the last defender on the line.

A breathtaking second half produced another five goals, but was sadly only witnessed by a crowd of just 122 braving the bitter cold. The Yeltz seemed to have made the game safe at 3-1 in the 50th minute when captain Dallas MOORE headed home directly from Chilton’s corner.

But Brackley roared back into the game with two goals in nine minutes. A looping cross from Winters found Jerome ANDERSON free to head home at the far post in the 57th minute. The Saints drew level at 3-3 in the 65th minute when Story’s corner found Anderson again at the far post and his half-volley was helped into the net for an own goal by the unfortunate MOORE. Francis Green then drove just past the Halesowen post in the 70th minute.

However, the Yeltz continued to look lively and determined by sealing the game with two further late goals to claim three vital points. CHILTON’s pace took him through the visiting defence to drive home his debut goal in the 71st minute. As the pressure continued, Izquierdo then put Osborne through only for Dorrill to block with his legs for a 78th minute corner; Marcus Bignot cleared off the line from Izquierdo a minute later and Dorrill made another good save from Chilton.

NISBETT completed his hat-trick to make it 5-3 by calmly chipping home over goalkeeper Dorrill in the 82nd minute when set free by Osborne playing another superb through ball. In the third minute of injury time, Bussey made a fine reflex save after Winters collected a loose ball for the well-beaten visitors.

Delighted manager Tony Thorpe was full of praise. “There’s a lot of negativity around Halesowen Town at the moment but I was delighted with the performance against big-budget Brackley. We may not have a large budget but we want to entertain and score goals to bring the fans back. It’s not about the money, it’s how you perform and we’ve shown as a team that if you put in the application, you can go a long way this season.”

Halesowen Town: Bussey; Davies, Robinson, Godwin, Moore (c), McGrath, Izquierdo, Bruce, Osborne (Kyremeh 86), Nisbett, Chilton. Unused Subs: Gator, Roofe, Sowe, Flower.

Brackley Town: Dorrill; Bignot, J. Green, Magunda, Willmott (c), Kemp, Story (Quinn 81), F. Green, Thomas, Anderson, Winters. Unused Subs: Clifton, Bradley, Collins.

Referee: G. Law (Leicester)

Attendance: 122

Booked: McGrath

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