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30 Jul 2011 FRD Halesowen Town 0-2 Stourbridge PDF Print E-mail

Pre-season Friendly – Saturday, 30th July 2011

Halesowen Town 0 Stourbridge 2

Stourbridge settled the game with two late second half strikes inflicting Halesowen’s first pre-season defeat in a keenly contested local derby.  In the opening minute Yeltz goalkeeper Paul Evans denied Sam Rock and then blocked Ryan Rowe after seven minutes with Stourbridge preparing to start a new season at a higher level than Halesowen for the first time in over twenty years.

Lee Chilton tested Stourbridge goalkeeper Lewis Solly in the 15th minute and Solly kept out Chilton’s bobbling effort from 20 yards in the 36th minute. Nathan Jackson then drove just wide of the Stourbridge upright in the 37th minute in an even first half.

Before the break, Evans stretched to grab a free-kick from Sean Geddes and then did well to beat the ball away after Rowe evaded several challenges to skip through the heart of the home defence in the 42nd minute.

After the interval Stourbridge skipper Ben Billingham set up substitute Josh Craddock to screw just wide and a further Billingham effort dipped over the bar. Substitute David PLINSTON had the simple task of touching the ball home at the far post to give the visitors the lead in the 69th minute following Craddock’s shot across goal.

In the 75th minute Jackson lifted the ball over the Stourbridge bar before GEDDES - a new signing from Walsall - hit a 30-yard screamer into the top corner to double the Glassboys’ lead after 76 minutes.

Halesowen Town: Paul Evans; Aaron Lescott, Nathaniel Caines (Adam Robinson 72), Mark Smith, Peter Folkes (Alex Roofe 80), Craig Connor (Jem Mills 80), Andrew Westwood (Keenan Meakin-Richards 63), Gavin Saunders, Nathan Jackson (Rory Curtis 80), Justin Nisbett (Andre Hinds 63), Lee Chilton.

Stourbridge: Lewis Solly; Sam Rock (Sam Smith HT), Ryan Mahon (James Dyson 62), Paul McCone, Sean Geddes, Nathan Bennett (Paul Lloyd 65), Craig Slater (Josh Craddock HT), Leon Broadhurst, Ryan Rowe, Ben Billingham, Drew Canavan (David Plinston 62).

Attendance: 375

Referee: R. Crawford (Stoke-on-Trent)

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