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25 Apr 2011 SLP Halesowen Town 0-6 Hednesford Town PDF Print E-mail
Zamaretto League Premier Division – Monday, 25th April 2011
Halesowen Town 0 Hednesford Town 6
Marvellous Marvin Robinson bagged a Hednesford hat-trick as the league runners-up geared up for the play-offs with a six-goal destruction at The Grove, writes David Johnson.  There was little resting on the actual result with Halesowen already consigned to bottom place and Hednesford assured of a second place finish. The afternoon was therefore one of attempting to preserve pride for Halesowen and preparation for Hednesford ahead of their home play-off semi-final on Thursday against Leamington.
The visitors were quickly on the front foot with home goalkeeper Simon Flower grabbing Alex Melbourne’s 2nd minute cross and Mark Smith making a vital headed clearance in the 9th minute. A good ball from Ross Davidson earned a 10th minute corner and Flower was in action again to collect both Melbourne’s long range shot and a 14th minute header from Robinson.
Hednesford’s pressure forced an 18th minute opening goal when a right wing cross was only diverted by defender Smith into the path of ROBINSON and he headed firmly home. In further one-way traffic, Ben Bailey’s 21st minute shot drifted wide and former Yeltz midfielder Jay Denny set up Melbourne to pick out captain Darren Campion, but he volleyed over the bar. In-form Robinson then headed at busy Flower in the 27th minute.
Despite having his back to goal, ROBINSON doubled Hednesford’s lead after 31 minutes with a delicate overhead kick from 15 yards into the top corner after the home defence failed to clear their lines.
There was little to be seen from the Yeltz going forward, although Anthony Bruce’s 36th minute shot from the edge of the area almost foxed goalkeeper Danny Crane before he gathered the ball at the base of his post.
Hednesford coasted home in the second-half and added a further four goals to record an emphatic victory. Immediately after the interval Davidson’s shot was blocked by Flower and Flower also grabbed Campion’s shot. Robinson almost added to his tally in search of his hat-trick when his speculative 25-yard shot was clawed away under his crossbar by Flower after 52 minutes. Robinson then headed at Flower again after 54 minutes and Danny Quinn’s 56th minute effort was deflected away for a corner. Yeltz chances remained rare, but Andrew Westwood had a sight of goal in the 58th minute, only to be crowded out by solid defending.
Chris CLEMENTS made it 3-0 to the visitors in the 61st minute after exchanging passes with Robinson before striking a low drive past Flower’s despairing dive from the edge of the penalty area. Adam Robinson’s 70th minute corner was then cleared with Gareth Davies blazing the loose ball high over the bar from long range.
ROBINSON completed his hat-trick by stroking home a 73rd minute penalty after Alex Roofe brought down substitute Kyle Patterson to claim Hednesford’s fourth goal. To add to Halesowen’s woes, manager Shaun Cunnington was dismissed from the dugout in the 75th minute following an altercation with the referee. With the visitors completely in control and strolling home, Patterson’s 78th minute shot was clutched by Flower.
The Pitmen plundered a fifth goal when Patterson’s 82nd minute cross was turned into his own net by central defender SMITH, with the home side looking increasingly demoralised. Halesowen were finally put out of their season-long misery by a sixth Hednesford goal when substitute Nick WELLECOMME was put clean through and he advanced to calmly slot past Flower in the second minute of injury time.
On the 25th anniversary of the memorable FA Vase win at Wembley, the Yeltz were ironically joined in the relegation places by other former Vase winners Tiverton Town and Didcot Town.
Halesowen Town: Flower; Adams, Robinson, Roofe, Smith (c), Davies, Bruce, Folkes, Kyeremeh (Mills 83), Moncheu (Curtis 75), Westwood. Unused Subs: Jarrett, Ibhadon, Chambaud.
Hednesford Town: Crane; Gomes, Campion (c), Bailey, Keenan, Denny (Patterson 65), Melbourne, Clements, Robinson (Wellecomme 75), Quinn, Davidson (Francis 71). Unused Sub: Dunkley.
Referee: N. Hobbis (Chelmsley Wood)
Attendance: 286
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