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07 Jan 2012 SLSW Halesowen Town 0-2 Yate Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Saturday, 7th January 2012

Halesowen Town 0 Yate Town 2

Former Halesowen striker David Stone struck a first half brace for Yate to condemn the hosts to a third straight league defeat.  The game was preceded by a one minute silence in remembrance of one of the great Yeltz supporting characters Vince Fahy, who sadly passed away earlier in the week at the age of 72.

Midfielder Neil Barnett and goalkeeper Jake Want made their Yeltz debuts, but there was little early action although Justin Nisbett fired over the bar in the 3rd minute and Stone almost wriggled through the home defence after six minutes.

In form Yate took an 18th minute lead when prolific STONE surprised the home defence by hitting a dipping half-volley just inside the angle from 15 yards. Robin Nicholls then fired over the Halesowen bar from long range in the 24th minute. For the home side, Scott Mason replaced injured James Loney before Nathan Jackson shot inches high in the 29th minute.

But Yate looked much more comfortable and Russ Church could have done better when his weak shot was cleared after Want was caught out of goal in the 31st minute. Seconds later Want saved Tom Warren’s shot at the near post.

The Bluebells doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when goalkeeper Want fumbled a corner from Matt Groves and STONE was well placed to poke the loose ball into the roof of the net. Towards the interval Nisbett found space but was eventually crowded out by the Yate defence after goalkeeper Josh Dempsey dived at his feet to get a hand onto the ball. Nisbett then turned the ball home on the line in the 39th minute after Brendan Kelly’s 25 yard free-kick was only parried for Michael McGrath to turn the ball towards the net, but the effort was ruled out for offside. At the end of a dominant first half for Yate, Want beat the ball away from Groves at the near post.

The Yeltz showed some signs of improvement early in the second half when Dempsey turned the ball around his post after Nathan Jones was put through in the 59th minute. A deflected shot from substitute Naveed Arshad was then cleared off the line by Tyrone Mings after an hour and Gavin Saunders struck a loose ball wide from the edge of the area after 64 minutes. For Yate, Mark Badman fired over the bar in the 65th minute.

But any hopes of a Halesowen revival ended when another red card compounded a poor disciplinary record with the dismissal of Nisbett for elbowing his opponent following a disputed throw-in after 67 minutes. The visitors easily played out time against Halesowen’s ten men to cruise to a deserved three points.

Halesowen Town: Want; Loney (Mason 27), Kelly, Folkes, Smith, Jackson (Arshad HT), Barnfield (Wood 64), Saunders (c), Jones, Nisbett, Bruce. Unused Subs: Barnett, Westwood.

Yate Town: Dempsey; Warren, Mings, Nicholls, Ferguson, Badman (c), Groves (Meese 88), Cousins, Stone (Plummer 82), Church (Meaker 85), Greenwood

Referee: A. Matthews (Stroud)  Attendance: 240

Booked: Badman (22)

Sent Off: Nisbett (67)

‘Brew and View’ Halesowen Town Match of the Match (selected by Matt Hopson): Peter Folkes


Man of The Match - Yate Town - Peter Folkes

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