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08 Jan 2011 SLP Halesowen Town 2-2 Windsor & Eton PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 8th January 2011

Halesowen Town 2 Windsor and Eton 2

Ruben Izquierdo earned Halesowen a valuable point after his late strike cancelled out a brace from Windsor’s Jake Parsons. Izquierdo had earlier won Halesowen a penalty to put the home side ahead at the interval.  Marlon Walters was handed the captain’s armband and was joined on his Yeltz debut by Dexter Ravenhill, also formerly of Redditch. The financially troubled visitors boasted a fine away record of just one defeat, but squandered a string of good chances and in-form former Newcastle striker Paul Robinson was kept quiet.

With the home defence taking a little time to settle, the early chances fell to the visitors. Chris Owen’s 9th minute cross just evaded the head of Michael Chennells and a 12th minute cross dribbled just wide when Halesowen’s Mark Smith attempted to clear. Fiston Manuella struck David Pearce’s 13th minute free-kick wide and Robinson fired another free-kick straight at home goalkeeper Simon Flower a minute later.

But the Yeltz snatched the lead against the run of play when Justin NISBETT stroked home a 20th minute penalty after tricky Izquierdo was brought down by Windsor captain David Woozley on the left of the penalty area.

With Windsor looking for an immediate response, Sam Wadieh’s effort was deflected wide with home keeper Flower confidently grabbing Leon Soloman’s resulting corner kick after half an hour and Manuella poked another Soloman corner just wide two minutes later.

Halesowen created a golden chance to double the lead three minutes before the interval when Ravenhill put Izquierdo clear, but he shot early and straight at Rob Bullivant. At the start of the second period Izquierdo then robbed full-back Owen but his shot was turned away for a corner and at the other end Parsons set up Chennells to shoot wide.

The Royalists drew level after 55 minutes when Wadieh’s reverse ball set up Pearce to cross from the left and PARSONS was on hand to tap home from close range. Parsons then played a neat ball through to Chennells, but the off-colour, highly rated striker failed to hit the target again for the fourth time during the game.

With the game evenly balanced, PARSONS produced a stunning 25-yard shot that dipped under Flower’s bar into the net in the 76th minute and looked to have won all three points for the visitors. Robinson then back-heeled Soloman’s corner but Manuella missed the chance to seal the game by being blocked on the goal-line by Flower.

IZQUIERDO punished the visitors to equalise at 2-2 in the 79th minute when he turned central defender Justin Clayton and fired home from ten yards off the post. With three minutes remaining Manuella misfired again in front of the Halesowen goal with the points destined to be shared.

Halesowen Town: Flower; Davies, Sowe, Godwin, Smith, Bruce, Izquierdo, Walters (c), Nisbett (Curtis 77), Ravenhill (Wills 55), Chilton. Unused Subs: Meakin-Richards, Yousif, Jarrett.

Windsor& Eton: Bullivant; Soloman, Owen, Clayton (R. Bernard 88), Woozley (c), Wadieh, Parsons, Manuella, Robinson, Chennells, Pearce (A. Bernard 75). Unused Subs: Mudge, Ewang.

Referee: J. Clark (Walsall)

Attendance: 207

Booked: Bruce (37), Godwin (59), Izquierdo (83)

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