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17 Mar 2012 SLSW Halesowen Town 1-3 Gosport Borough PDF Print E-mail

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West – Saturday, 17th March 2012

Halesowen Town 1 Gosport Borough 3
Richard Huckfield became the latest Halesowen Town player to see red as they crashed at home to Gosport Borough.  The defender was given his marching orders seven minutes before the break when he picked up his second booking for hauling down visiting striker Daniel Wooden.

Coin Toss

By then the Yeltz were already trailing thanks to Gosport skipper Brett Poate's powerfully drilled 17th minute free-kick which game home keeper Paul Evans no chance.
Evans was alert to save from Justin Bennett less than a minute later and prevent the visitors doubling the lead. 
His opposite number, Nathan Ashmore, was not forced into a notable save in the first period.

Marcus Jackson Halesowen Town Marcus Jackson looked to be clean through on goal following Brendan Kelly’s incisive pass but trod on the ball at the vital moment. Ben Haseley missed the home side’s best chance of the first half when he fired over from just inside the box.
A man down, the Yeltz came under pressure at the start of the second period. Evans did well to block from Adam Wilde and also denied Bennett again following an acrobatic attempt by the visiting striker.
But the hosts appeared to have weathered the storm and were starting to exert some pressure of their own, before gifting the visitors a second. Michael McGrath’s pass across the face of his own box was cut out by Wooden, who stayed calm to feed Bennett for the simplest of finishes.
Evans almost handed another goal to substitute Liam Sewell after his goal-kick was charged down but cleared the danger. Shortly afterward he denied Bennett a second with a fine save.

Gosport Borough Slide TackleThe introduction of Andrew Westwood and Reece Cotterill gave the Yeltz some much needed impetus. Ashmore was tested for the first time when he saved low down from Haseley, while he also denied Cotterill.
With eight minutes to go the Yeltz were handed a lifeline when Lee Molyneaux pulled back sub Reece Cotterill in the box and Haseley converted from the spot.
But hopes of a dramatic comeback were short-lived as Bennett set up Sewell for a close range finish which secured the points for Gosport.
Halesowen Town: Paul Evans, Mark Smith, Brendan Kelly (c), Peter Folkes, Richard Huckfield, Michael McGrath (Reece Cotterill 65), Marcus Jackson, Gavin Saunders (Jean-Michel Gueyes 80), Nathan Jones (Andrew Westwood 65), Ben Haseley, Nathanial Caines subs not used: Simon Flower, Naveed Arshad.
Gosport Borough: Nathan Ashmore, Gavin Jones, Ellis Martin, Brett Poate (c), Lee Molyneaux, James Ford, Daniel Woodward (Aiden Lewis 90), Nathan Kirby, Daniel Wooden (Liam Sewell 63), Justin Bennett, Adam Wilde (Ian Humble 78) subs not used: Alex Hards, Steven Bostan.

Booked: McGrath (17), Huckfield (27), Kelly (41), Humble (85)

Sent Off: Huckfield (36)

Attendance: 200

‘Brew and View’ Halesowen Town Match of the Match (selected by Mark Russell): Marcus Jackson


Man of the Match - Marcus Jackson

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