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12 Nov 2011 SLSW Halesowen Town 1-2 Tiverton Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Saturday, 12th November 2011

Halesowen Town 1 Tiverton Town 2

Halesowen Town’s miserable run continued as they fell to a fourth straight defeat at the hands of lively Tiverton. Harry Nodwell’s 81st minute strike was the difference between the sides in a match which threatened to come alive at times but ultimately disappointed at The Grove.


The early exchanges gave a clue of what was to come with both defences very much on top, though the returning Michael Nardiello showed early intent, firing a shot across the box as early as the fourth minute.  Lee Chilton managed to get onto the end of an Anthony Bruce through ball but ballooned his shot over the bar, indicative of a disjointed early period.  Things did improve, at least for Halesowen, as the match approached the half hour.

Shaun Cunnington’s three pronged attack paid dividends as Naveed Arshad fed Justin Nisbett on the right,  and his cross was turned in by  Chilton to give the home side a 27th minute  advantage. Joseph  Bushin then looked to have claimed an equaliser a minute later, but the referee blew for an infringement. It was only brief reprieve however, as The Yeltz gifted Tiverton a goal. Brendan Kelly twice failed to clear from deep inside his own area and Josh Searle slotted home to claim parity.Bushin was replaced by Jules Emati-Emati soon after and made an immediate impact, feeding Nardiello who was narrowly judged offside as he shot for goal. Nardiello then tested home keeper Paul Evans from long range as the Devon side finished the half in the ascendency.Emati-Emati again looked sharp for the visitors in the early stages of the second period, turning smartly but firing over from the left side of the penalty area while both Chilton and Nisbett remained a threat for Halesowen. The former attempted a mazy run only to be thwarted on the edge of the area by some resolute defending and Nisbett came close to gaining the advantage when he capitalised on a weak back header by Paul Kendall but his attempt flew wide.Tiverton hit back laying siege to the Halesowen goal for a brief period and the home side were grateful when full back Scott Mason cleared off the line from Emati-Emati.

All eyes were on the referee again in the 70th minute as he ruled out Peter Folkes bundled effort for handball while Kendall steered a header wide at the other end and Emati-Emati was again thwarted by Evans.

Arshad was replaced by Nathan Jackson as the Yeltz pushed for a winner but the decisive moment came just five minutes later.  Nodwell came off the bench to latch onto Searle’s precise through ball, and his right footed shot  left Evans helpless.

The hard working Nisbett robbed Tiverton captain Gardner but saw his effort deflected wide, and as Kelly fired over from the resultant corner any chance of an equaliser disappeared.

Halesowen Town: Evans; S. Mason, Caines, Folkes, Kelly, McGrath, Bruce, G.Saunders (c), Arshad (Jackson 76), Nisbett, Chilton. Unused Subs: Westwood, Smith, Gueyes.

Tiverton Town: Wright; Ellie, Faux (Sampson 50), Hill, Kendall, Gardner (c), Dawson, Steele, Nardiello (Nodwell 71), Bushin (Emati-Emati 36), Searle. Unused Subs: M.Saunders.

Booked: Faux (44), Nisbett (49)

Referee: A. Fox (Coventry)

Attendance: 319

‘Brew and View’ Halesowen Town Match of the Match (selected by Sheila Bradley): Gavin Saunders

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