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17 Dec 2011 SLSW Clevedon Town 3-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Saturday, 17th December 2011

Clevedon Town 3 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen failed to build on an early lead and fell to a disappointing defeat after Chas Hemmings struck a hat-trick for lowly Clevedon.

Michael McGrath and Anthony Bruce were absent from Halesowen’s midfield due to suspension but the afternoon started brightly with a 5th minute goal. Nathaniel Caines swung over a left-wing cross and Justin NISBETT was left free in the penalty area to score with a close range header, just ahead of Peter Folkes who was also queuing up.

Clevedon produced little until HEMMINGS bundled home an 18th minute headed equaliser from George Brimson’s cross from the left. As Halesowen’s early promise evaporated, the hosts grew in stature and Halesowen goalkeeper Paul Evans did well to turn away an awkward bouncing 20-yard drive from home captain Ashley Kington after 22 minutes. Nisbett then forced a corner for Halesowen after half an hour but Clevedon created the clearer chances and posed more danger when Kington’s cross just evaded Jonny Moss at the far post in the 32nd minute. Two minutes later Evans collected Brimson’s shot as another deep cross was delivered into the Halesowen penalty area. For Halesowen, Nathan Jones hit a loose ball over the bar in the 36th minute and Andrew Westwood’s 38th minute cross curled just wide. Seconds later, Kington’s shot was deflected for a home corner with Lloyd Mills blazing over the bar after the Yeltz defence failed to clear the ball.

The Seasiders took the lead three minutes before the interval when HEMMINGS unleashed a screaming 25-yard drive that curled inside the post.

At the start of the second half Halesowen were forced to replace goalkeeper Evans due to a leg injury and substitute goalkeeper Simon Flower took over between the posts. Flower was soon in action by fingertipping a blistering drive from Kington away for a corner. At the other end, Lee Chilton struck along the Clevedon goal and Brendan Kelly’s 69th minute free-kick was headed over by substitute Naveed Arshad.

But Flower’s goalmouth was busier as Hemmings geared up to seek his hat-trick. Flower denied Hemmings in a one-to-one after 70 minutes and in the 73rd minute Halesowen’s defence was breached again as Kington broke free to set up Hemmings, only for Caines to clear off the line.

HEMMINGS finally claimed his third goal in the 74th minute by firmly heading home Brimson’s corner in the six-yard box.

Yeltz substitute ARSHAD pulled a goal back at 3-2 by latching onto a loose ball and curling beyond goalkeeper Jason Mellor with six minutes remaining to give late Halesowen hope. But it was Clevedon who went close again in the final minute when Kelly and Flower collided in a misunderstanding to let in Kington although his effort was cleared off the line.

Clevedon Town: Mellor; Walker , Rich, Thorne, Kingdon, Henderson-Hudson, Mills, Kington (c), Moss (Best 80), Hemmings, Brimson (Ricketts 75). Unused Sub: Bell .

Halesowen Town: Evans (Flower 53); Loney, Caines, Smith, Kelly (c), Folkes, Westwood, Wood (Arshad 61), Jones, Nisbett, Chilton. Unused Subs: Gueyes, Borrey.

Referee: M. Rushton (Pewsey, Wiltshire)

Attendance: 109

Booked: Brimson (35), Smith (49), Nisbett (87)

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