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29 Aug 2011 SLSW Halesowen Town 0-1 Cinderford Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Monday, 29th August 2011

Halesowen Town 0 Cinderford Town 1

Halesowen tasted defeat for the first time this season in a lack-lustre display and never looked likely to respond to Cinderford’s goal early in the second half.

With Halesowen looking to build on a fine start to the season, visiting goalkeeper Ben John raced out of his area to clear from both Nathan Jackson and Justin Nisbett in the 2nd minute and Naveed Arshad struck just wide a minute later. Arshad then hit an 11th minute effort at John and in the 15th minute Nisbett surged forward to supply Jackson, but his cross along goal just evaded Arshad.

As the visitors settled into the game, home goalkeeper Paul Evans collected a free-kick from Matt Barnes and then punched clear from Dean Lee after 22 minutes. The hosts then defended two corners in the 26th minute.

Nisbett went closest for Halesowen with a decent chance in each half and his shot from the left hit the outside base of the post after half an hour.

But the Foresters snatched victory with a goal four minutes into the second half after a period of scrappy midfield play when a long ball forward split the home defence allowing Mike WHITTINGTON to take the ball around Evans to score.

Nisbett was quieter after the break but again had the best Halesowen chance of the second period when he shrugged off the visiting defence to blast just wide of John’s post after an hour.

Disjointed Halesowen struggled to make any further impression and the rest of the game became a sluggish non-event, although a couple of half chances followed from Aaron Lescott playing the ball into the penalty area in the 70th minute. For Cinderford, Matt Barnes saw his 25 yard free-kick fly past the post after 64 minutes and Evans made another good save from Barnes in the 75th minute.

Not even a double substitution could inject any urgency or fluidity into Halesowen’s play and it was Lewis Sommers who netted gain for Cinderford in the 79th minute, although his effort was ruled out by the assistant referee. With four minutes remaining Arshad shot straight at John and frustrated Halesowen collected another unwanted collection of yellow cards in the final ten minutes. Early Cinderford substitute Nick McCootie did well all afternoon and his 87th minute effort was saved by Evans as the disappointed Bank Holiday crowd drifted home early.

Halesowen Town: Evans; Lescott, Caines, Smith, Kelly, Bruce, Nisbett, Saunders (c), Jackson (Hinds 67), Arshad, Westwood (Mason 67). Unused Subs: Coward, Gueyes, Roofe.

Cinderford Town: John; Archer (c), Haines (McCootie 28), G. Lewis, Peckham, A. Lewis, Barnes, Andrews (Ashley 73), Whittington, Sommers, Lee. Unused Subs: Maggs, Tait, Harrison.

Referee: T. Harty (Wolverhampton)

Attendance: 301

Booked: Whittington (45), Smith (81), Lescott (88), Nisbett (90)

‘Brew and View’ Halesowen Town Match of the Match: Paul Evans

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