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28 Jan 2012 SLSW Bideford AFC 2-0 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Saturday, 28th January 2012
Bideford AFC 2 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen’s resistance was finally broken when top of table Bideford struck twice in the second half, but the spirited Yeltz display was marred by yet another red card in a sixth straight defeat. The Yeltz are one of only two teams to beat Bideford this season but arrived in North Devon after the longest trip of the season depleted by three suspensions due to recent red cards, allowing Richard Huckfield and Reece Cotterill to make their full debuts. Ethan Barnett also made his first appearance as a late substitute and Paul Evans returned from injury in goal. Bideford goalscorer Jamie Mudge was one of several home player previously known to the Yeltz from their Tiverton Town days with the home side unbeaten at home and also unbeaten in the league since October.

The hosts almost took an early 2nd minute lead but Sean Downing blazed over the bar after the ball was squared across the penalty area with the Yeltz defence carved open. Leading scorer Matt Andrew then picked up a weak clearance from Evans but shot straight back at the goalkeeper before Bideford’s first corner in the 6th minute was headed clear by Nathan Jackson.

Halesowen enjoyed a fair share of possession in the first period with Ben Haseley and Nathan Jones combining well up front. A 10th minute flick from Jones put Haseley clear on goal and he did well to clip over goalkeeper Paul Hider, only to see the ball land unluckily on the roof of the net. Another neat interchange saw Jones and Haseley win a 13th minute corner and Haseley then struck just wide in the 15th minute after another neat flick from Jones.

Kevin Squire turned well to fire into the side-netting for the Robins in the 21st minute and a minute later Evans reacted well to dive low down and push the ball away for a corner after Downing’s wide angled shot was deflected towards goal by defender James Loney. As Bideford cranked up the pressure before the interval, Evans tipped a 30th minute curling free-kick from Matt Bye over the bar. Halesowen then defended a series of corners and crosses at the end of an encouraging first half display.
The league leaders finally took the lead when captain Matt HOCKLEY smashed home a 57th minute penalty down the centre of goal after the ball had unluckily struck Brendan Kelly’s arm from a left wing cross. Halesowen’s task became even more difficult when Andrew Westwood was dismissed with a straight red card fo rjumping in with both feet on Downing in the 61st minute, amassing Halesowen’s fourth red card of the five games to date in 2012.
As Bideford took advantage of the extra space, Hockley blasted across the face of goal from a deep 64thminute free-kick. However, Halesowen proved far from over-awed and a swift 65thminute break saw Cotterill find Haseley, but his ball across the box to unmarked Jackson was cut out. Andrew then ballooned over the bar from a good position for Bideford with five minutes remaining.
Halesowen kept themselves firmly in the game and almost grabbed an equaliser in the first minute of injury time when substitute Mark Smith’s cross was met by Haseley’s header, but Hider produced the save of the game by twisting to claw the ball away from the top corner. Bideford responded by doubling their lead with a delightful break in the third minute of stoppage time when Squire charged down the right and rolled the ball across the area for substitute MUDGE to hammer home.
Bideford AFC: Hider; Richards (Mudge 75), Barker, Downing, Furzer, Harper-Penman, Hockley (c),Sampson, Squire, Bye, Andrew. Unused Subs: Groves, Sawyer,Cayford, Orchard.
Halesowen Town: Evans; Loney, Kelly (c), Huckfield, Folkes, Barnfield, Westwood, Jackson (Barnett 86),Jones (Smith 69), Haseley, Cotterill (Wood 74). Unused Subs: Flower, Gueyes.
Referee: A. Newell

Attendance: 185
Booked: Jackson (30), Kelly (66), Furzer (81)
Sent Off: Westwood (61)

 
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