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22 Feb 2011 SLP Leamington 3-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

Leamington 3 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen battled bravely for over an hour but their resistance was finally broken as play-off chasing Leamington hit three late goals to consolidate fifth spot in the table, writes David Johnson.

Yeltz goalkeeper Simon Flower did well to tip the ball over the bar in the 2nd minute after Jamie Sheldon’s 25-yard free-kick deflected off his team-mate James Husband. For Halesowen, Justin Nisbett cut in to fire at home goalkeeper Tony Breeden after four minutes. However, chances for the visitors remained scarce with the ex-Yeltz central defensive pairing of Liam Daly and Jamie Hood offering little change to the Halesowen attack.

Leamington’s Sheldon blazed another long range free-kick over the bar and then swung in a dangerous 11th minute corner, but Flower grabbed the ball on the goal-line. Nisbett went close again for the Yeltz after Anthony Bruce threaded through a pass from midfield in the 17th minute but Breeden raced out to clear.

The Brakes continued to enjoy most of the possession with the ball pinging around the penalty area, only to come up against a defiant Halesowen rearguard. Flower made a fine 19th minute save from Husband after Michael Tuohy set James Rowe free down the right with Luke Corbett unable to make anything of the rebound.
Neil Barnfield was lucky to escape without a booking for his 23rd minute foul on Halesowen defender Mark Smith and after 27 minutes Adam Robinson turned Husband’s dangerous cross behind goal for a corner. Flower then kept out a 29th minute long range effort form Tuohy.

After half an hour, home goalkeeper Breeden was almost caught out when he was beaten to the ball out of his penalty area by lively Nisbett, but Nisbett was driven wide - with the help of a suspicious push from the goalkeeper - and his cross was eventually cleared. Nisbett did well again to accept a pass from Keenan Meakin-Richards to force Halesowen’s first corner with 35 minutes on the clock. Just before the interval Sheldon’s corner flew straight across the Yeltz goal without a Leamington shirt attacking the ball and Sheldon then combined with Rowe in a neat move ending with Rowe placing the ball just wide.

Halesowen continued to be resilient at the start of the second half with Flower cutting out Husband’s low cross and the dogged defending kept out both a 54th minute corner and a 55th minute cross from Rowe. Barnfield then struck a half-volley wide of the mark after an hour.

But Halesowen’s brave resistance was finally broken when ROWE drilled home a low shot from the edge of the area in the 61st minute. Nisbett almost provided the perfect response four minutes later by collecting a long pass from Gareth Davies to fire just wide from a tight angle.

Luke Corbett scuffed wide in front of goal in the 67th minute but with Halesowen safely regaining possession, Leamington surprisingly doubled their lead when goalkeeper Flower’s failed clearance fell straight for ROWE to score his second goal of the evening.

Plucky Halesowen didn’t give up and Chris Godwin’s header was saved by Breeden under the angle of the crossbar and post from Michael McGrath’s 73rd minute free-kick. Luke Adams made a superb goal-line clearance to prevent a third goal after substitute Jacob Blyth hit a fierce drive from the edge of the area in the 76th minute and both Corbett and Hood then struck wide in the 80th minute.

The Brakes made it 3-0 in the final minute when Flower couldn’t hold on to Barnfield’s shot and CORBETT was on hand to tap home the rebound. 

Leamington: Breeden; Tuohy, Morley, Downes (c), Daly, Hood, Sheldon (Lake-Gaskin 80), Rowe (Blyth 75), Barnfield, Corbett, Husband (Taylor 69). Unused Subs: Lycett, Knight.

Halesowen Town: Flower; Adams, Robinson (Ibhadon 85), Smith, Godwin, McGrath (c), Bruce (Curtis 72), Davies, Richards, Nisbett, Meakin-Richards. Unused Sub: May.

Referee: A. Barney

Attendance: 375

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