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13 Sep 2011 SLSW Abingdon United 1-3 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Tuesday, 13th September 2011

Abingdon United 1 Halesowen Town 3

Halesowen bounced back to form and moved up to sixth place with the help of two goals from Justin Nisbett. Michael McGrath made his first appearance since returning to the club as the Yeltz claimed two goals in two minutes at the end of the second half, despite Abingdon never making life easy for the visitors.

Early on, Curtis Angell’s cross glanced the top of the Halesowen bar in the first minute and Sam Collier struck past the post on the turn after seven minutes. For Halesowen, Naveed Arshad cut in from the left to blast at goalkeeper James Foster in the 18th minute. With the hosts enjoying a good spell midway through the first period, Yeltz goalkeeper Paul Evans turned away a bouncing 21st minute effort from Tom Austin and Evans then did well from a corner kick to push Collier’s header up and away with the rebound effort striking the top of the bar. Halesowen’s defence cleared in the six yard box after Austin delivered another good corner in the 26th minute and Scott Griffin headed just wide two minutes later.

The Yeltz took a 34th minute lead following a neat combination between the forwards when Lee Chilton played the ball to Arshad in the centre. Arshad then in turn played the ball out right to NISBETT and his shot was only helped into the net through the hands of goalkeeper Foster. After further neat play, Halesowen doubled their lead just two minutes later when McGrath did well down the left and set up Anthony BRUCE to lift and stroke the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. Another chance presented itself in the 39th minute when Arshad ran through on goal but Foster saved low down.

McGrath received lengthy treatment late in the first half and just before the interval Evans collected a cross low down from Austin. The hosts then gave themselves hope by pulling a goal back in the fifth minute of first half injury time when COLLIER glanced home a header from Austin’s free-kick from the left.

At the start of the second half Chilton set up Bruce on the break but his shot was easily collected by Foster. Halesowen continued to create chances and a superb ball out of defence from Mark Smith set Chilton free on the right to advance on goal and smack the post in the 78th minute. Nisbett’s cross from the right along goal was then cut out by goalkeeper Foster a minute later.

Sweeping end-to-end play late in the game finally decided the game in Halesowen’s favour. Abingdon’s Steve Davis surged into the penalty area from the left wing and his cross through the penalty box led to a glaring miss and an almighty goalmouth scramble. Halesowen eventually cleared to Arshad on the break but he stumbled on the ball with great options of Chilton and Nisbett on either side.

But NISBETT soon put the game beyond doubt at 3-1 to Halesowen by controlling a forward ball on the left and despite being the lone Yeltz shirt he cut inside and cleverly deceived three defenders and goalkeeper Foster with a cheeky back-heel into the net in the 82nd minute. With five minutes remaining the visitors went close again when substitute Jean-Michel Gueyes delivered a fine cross but goalkeeper Foster produced a good save from Arshad’s header.

Abingdon United: J. Foster; C. Evans, Davis, Allaway (c), Carnell, Doyle (Kingsbeer 25), Austin, Biddle, Griffin (McKeon 61), Collier, Angell (Wimble 72). Unused Subs: Parfitt, A. Foster.

Halesowen Town: P. Evans; Mason, Kelly, Roofe, Smith, McGrath (Gueyes 77), Bruce, Saunders (c), Nisbett, Arshad, Chilton. Unused Subs: Hinds, Westwood, Coward.

Referee: T. Power
Attendance: 78

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