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10 Dec 2011 SLSW Halesowen Town 3-1 Bridgwater Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Saturday, 10th December 2011

Halesowen Town 3 Bridgwater Town 1

Halesowen recovered from Bridgwater’s early goal to record their much-needed first home league victory for two months and consequently leapfrog over the in-form visitors in the league table.

Man of the Match - Bridgwater Town - Nathan Jones

Bridgwater caught the Yeltz defence napping just ninety seconds into the game when captain Matt Townley pumped the ball into the area and central defender Josh TURNER flicked a header past goalkeeper Paul Evans at the near post from close range.

Michael McGrath’s 7th minute free-kick was juggled by Bridgwater goalkeeper Sam Hutchings before Turner scooped the rebound away for a corner and Justin Nisbett lobbed just wide in the 17th minute after turning to beat Turner as Halesowen responded. Two minutes later Nisbett fed Nathan Jones, but Hutchings pushed the ball away for another corner. With Halesowen enjoying the majority of first half possession, Lee Chilton’s 28th minute volley cannoned off the crossbar, with fortunes seeming to be against the home side. Dave Pearse was far too theatrical in hitting the deck in the home penalty area and his appeal for a Bridgwater penalty after half an hour was emphatically denied by the referee.

The Yeltz pressure finally brought a 32nd minute equaliser when Nisbett sped down the left and crossed for JONES to shoot past Hutchings and register his first goal for Halesowen - although Nisbett also claimed a final touch.

Hutchings then did well to save with his legs from Nisbett in the 36th minute and pulled off another save from Nisbett two minutes later before home goalkeeper Evans denied Danny Wring after a clever back-flick from former Yeltz forward Aaron Cornwall.

Halesowen took the lead four minutes before the interval when Chilton’s corner flew straight through the penalty area and Brendan KELLY hammered home off the underside of the crossbar.

Straight after the interval Nisbett blasted high, Jones struck at Hutchings and Hutchings saved James Loney’s header from a Chilton corner. However, despite controlling the second half, Halesowen still needed to survive a couple of defensive scares with Townley’s 57th minute corner leading to a goalmouth scramble and Evans doing well to claw away a teasing cross from Craig Mawford in the 72nd minute.

With Halesowen hungry for more goals, Chilton chipped inches wide from 20 yards after shrugging off two defenders in the 74th minute and Nisbett thought he’d found a third goal by tapping home Chilton’s 80th minute cross, but his effort was disallowed for offside.

But NISBETT did make it a deserved 3-1 by chipping over goalkeeper Hutchings to end a delightful 81st minute move after Chilton took the ball from his own half and exchanged passes with Jones before finding Nisbett free in the penalty area.

Halesowen Town: Evans; Loney, Caines, Folkes, Kelly (c), McGrath, Wood (Westwood 69), Bruce, Jones, Nisbett (Gueyes 86), Chilton. Unused Subs: Mason, Arshad, Smith.

Bridgwater Town: Hutchings; Townley (c), Mawford, Barnes, Turner, Robertson, Palmer (Hurley 45), Wring, Mercieca (Hamilton 69), Cornwall , Pearse. Unused Subs: Villis, Phillips.

Referee: John Roskelly (Pershore)

Attendance: 186

Booked: Wring (75), Jones (84), Chilton (85)

‘Brew and View’ Halesowen Town Match of the Match (selected by Sean Lynch): Nathan Jones

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