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21 Feb 2012 SLSW Didcot Town 0-2 Halesowen Town PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Tuesday, 21st February 2012

Didcot Town 0 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen bounced back to winning ways with a goal in each half securing a well deserved victory and the first double of the season at disappointing Didcot.

Ben HASELEY set the visitors on their way by heading Halesowen into an early 6th minute lead after Marcus Jackson latched onto goalkeeper Jon Henly’s weak punch and did well to swing over a dangerous right wing cross. Further good work down the right from busy Marcus Jackson then allowed Nathan Jackson to advance and set up Haseley to fire a long range effort at Henly in the 19th minute.

With the Yeltz in control, Haseley worked free again in the 20th minute to poke at goal but Henly managed to turn the ball away before defender Richard Huckfield nodded a 21st minute Nathaniel Caines corner just wide. Goalkeeper Henly escaped seconds later when his poor clearance was pumped back towards goal but he recovered to easily collect Nathan Jones’ long range effort.

Reserve Halesowen goalkeeper Simon Flower was barely troubled all evening but made his best save midway through the first half by tipping a left wing cross from Steve Davis over the bar. The Yeltz then defended a series of corners in a spell of pressure from the Railwaymen.

Dangerman Haseley burst clear of the home defence in the 31st minute and showed good control before smashing into the side netting and Jones then crossed for Haseley to flash a header just wide at the end of an encouraging first half performance.

Halesowen almost increased the lead just two minutes into the second half when Haseley met Brendan Kelly’s cross, but Didcot’s man-of-the-match Henly made a fine save to claw the ball away. Haseley then did exceptionally well to carve himself a 52nd minute opening only for Henly to spread himself to make a good blocking save. With Didcot’s defence feeling the pressure, Simieon Howell almost headed a Caines corner into his own net after 58 minutes.

Mark SMITH glanced home a 60th minute header to double the Yeltz lead from another Caines corner after goalkeeper Henly had sliced the ball behind his own goal.

The Railwaymen showed no sign of finding a way back into the game as the Halesowen defence held firm and the hosts were restricted to just a couple of half chances late in the game when Tom Mudge and Anaclet Odhiambo fired well wide. Halesowen continued to look more dangerous and Kelly almost found a third goal with a fiercely struck 71st minute direct free-kick from the edge of the penalty area but was thwarted by a splendid save as Henly beat the ball away. But the Yeltz had already done enough to claim their first win of 2012 and continue to act as Didcot’s bogey side by extending their unbeaten history in the eight games between the two teams.

Didcot Town: Henly; Bernasconi (Concannon 53), Halliday, Howell, Heapy, Stanley (c), Elkins, Mudge (Halls 69), Robinson, Odhiambo, Davis. Unused Subs: Mitchell, Beames.

Halesowen Town: Flower; Loney (Nisbett 87), Kelly (c), Huckfield, Smith, Barnfield, M. Jackson, N. Jackson, Jones (Arshad 76), Haseley, Caines. Unused Subs: Cotterill, Bragg, Blackham.

Referee: C. Evans

Attendance: 106

Booked: Davis (23), M. Jackson (23), Caines (35), Loney (43)

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