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15 Jan 2011 SLP Hemel Hempstead Town 1-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 15th January 2011

Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen remain rooted in the relegation zone after a narrow defeat in a game of few chances spoilt by the wind at Hemel Hempstead, writes David Johnson.

The Yeltz welcomed back Michael McGrath into midfield but in early play Hemel’s Jake Gilbert grazed the post with a header and Jeff Hammond was denied by visiting goalkeeper Simon Flower from Danny May’s through ball. However, there was much improvement on the 6-1 drubbing Hemel handed out earlier in the season at the Grove despite the home side snatching a much-needed first league win since early November.

The Tudors notched the solitary winning goal after just 16 minutes when HAMMOND claimed his debut home goal by heading into an empty net with goalkeeper Flower left stranded from a long ball. But the Yeltz almost drew level three minutes later when Mark Smith met Lee Chilton’s deep cross and goalkeeper Michael McEntergart pushed the ball around his post.

Before half-time, Halesowen enjoyed a better spell of possession with Chilton’s cross-cum-shot missing the far post by a yard. An appeal that goalkeeper Michael McEntergart handled outside his area also came to nothing.

After 50 minutes Chris Godwin conceded a corner when intercepting Dennis Fenemore’s cross with Halesowen kicking up the Vauxhall Road slope. However, the game failed to really spark into life again after the interval although Flower made a splendid fingertip save from dangerous home striker Dennis Fenemore’s six-yard effort. Justin Nisbett latched onto a mistake but was denied from finding a Halesowen equaliser by Hemel goalkeeper Michael McEntergart saving superbly down to his left. Nisbett was then injured in firing towards goal after an hour.

Late on, home substitute Denilson Vicente rattled the post and Bruce Wilson flashed a shot wide after good work from Ryan Wharton. After the final whistle, Halesowen central defender Chris Godwin was shown a red card for verbally venting his frustration at the end of a workmanlike rather than entertaining afternoon.

Hemel Hempstead Town: Michael McEntergart; Wharton, Parsons, Gilbert, Butler, Matthew McEntergart, May, Wilson, Fenemore, Hammond (Vicente), Watters (French). Unused Subs: Hewitt, Thomas, Ashe.

Halesowen Town: Flower; Roofe, Davies, Smith, Godwin, Bruce (Kyeremeh 85), Izquierdo, Walters, Nisbett (Curtis 69), McGrath, Chilton. Unused Subs: Wills, Meakin-Richards, Ravenhill.

Referee: D. Eaton (Tewkesbury)

Attendance: 169

Booked: Walters, Chilton, French

Sent Off: Godwin.

 
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