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19 Feb 2011 SLP Halesowen Town 0-4 Salisbury City PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Saturday, 19th February 2011

Halesowen Town 0 Salisbury City 4

Jake Reid’s hat-trick put Salisbury on top of the table after a comfortable victory over Halesowen, writes David Johnson.  Veteran goalkeeper Tim Clarke returned to the Grove line-up at the age of 45 and he turned back the clock to become a candidate for man-of-the-match by making a series of excellent saves to keep the score down.

Clarke started with a fine blocking stop with his legs from Reid after just four minutes with Ben Joyce ballooning the ball over the bar after the ball was played back in. Halesowen’s first shot came from Anthony Bruce in the 6th minute.

But Clarke was left standing in goal when REID took advantage of poor defending to hammer home from the edge of the area and put the Whites ahead in the 9th minute. Busy Clarke then turned the ball away from Adam Kelly in the 11th minute and collected Ryan Tafazolli’s header four minutes later.

The Yeltz almost snatched a surprise leveller in the 17th minute when substitute Rory May’s lob almost caught out goalkeeper Tommy Smith,  but he managed to back-pedal and tip the ball away for a corner under his crossbar. Clarke then dived to gather at the feet of Stuart Anderson and denied Reid again in front of goal midway through the first half.

Salisbury doubled their lead in the 27th minute when Reid played a precision slide-rule pass through for JOYCE to roll the ball beyond Clarke. REID then made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the 31st minute after home central defender Luke Adams handled in the area with the hosts proving no match for the ambitious visitors.

Before the interval Salisbury, playing in a striking Dutch-type tangerine away kit, were guilty of wasting the many options and room going forward as Joyce blasted wide and Tafazolli crossed along goal when in acres of space. Reid did net again in the 38th minute but this time was ruled offside.

With the game already over, the second half proved an unexciting and tepid affair as Salisbury completed a run-of-the-mill victory. However, Halesowen created their two best chances of the game after an hour with Bruce going close twice. Bruce made up yards of ground to meet a deep cross from Keenan Meakin-Richards, but his free header was kept out by goalkeeper Smith. Seconds later, Justin Nisbett did well to cross but this time Bruce’s shot from the edge of the area was denied by a fingertip save by Smith. At the other end, Clarke made another good block from Kyle Haynes in the 62nd minute.

REID completed his hat-trick by stroking home his second penalty after Meakin-Richards brought down Kelly in the 64th minute to add Salisbury’s fourth and final goal. Clarke then made a splendid save after substitute Kayne McLaggon turned in the penalty area in the 67th minute.

Late on, Clarke continued to show his vastly experienced credentials in the Halesowen goal by clinging onto the ball from Haynes in the 78th minute and went neatly down in an excellent low save from Boyle’s 87th minute free-kick. In the final minute Clarke made yet another fine save from Darrell Clarke’s free-kick as the Whites struggled to find the net again.

Halesowen Town: T. Clarke; Davies, Robinson, Adams, Skidmore (May 10), McGrath, Meakin-Richards, Walters (c), Richards (Edwards 73), Nisbett, Bruce. Unused Subs: Curtis, Ibhadon, Flower.

Salisbury City: Smith; Turley, Casey, Anderson, Dutton (c), Tafazolli, Haynes, D. Clarke, Joyce (Fitchett 65), Reid (McLaggon 65), Kelly (Boyle 73). Unused Subs: Neish, Adelsbury.

Referee: T. Hardy (Wolverhampton)

Attendance: 284

Booked: Meakin-Richards (63), Walters (71), McLaggon (75), McGrath (90), Robinson (90), Nisbett (90)


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