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29 Aug 2016 NPL Halesowen Town 1-3 Hednesford Town PDF Print E-mail
Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division - Monday, 29th August 2016
Halesowen Town 1 Hednesford Town 3
Halesowen were left still seeking their first home victory of the season after Hednesford eased to a comfortable Bank Holiday victory.
Despite suspensions to strikers Jamie Matthews and Tristian Dunkley, the Pitmen enjoyed much the better of the first period in a successful return to the Grove for Hednesford boss and former Halesowen player Liam McDonald. The commanding visitors went close in the 4th minute when Gurjit Singh flashed a low shot just past the post from the edge of the penalty area before Simeon Maye fired over the bar three minutes later. But George CARLINE soon handed Hednesford a 9th minute lead by glancing his header through a crowded goalmouth from Calum Flanagan's corner. Ashley Sammons then twisted and turned on the edge of the Yeltz area to curl just wide after 11 minutes and, with the visitors in control, Sammons fired wide from 25 yards at the end of a neat 22nd minute move.
Lee Chilton struck Halesowen's first attempt over the bar from the left after 12 minutes and the first Yeltz corner came to nothing in the 18th minute. Towards the interval Kaiman Anderson dragged a 36th minute shot wide and Chilton's 40th minute cross was cleared as the hosts struggled to make any meaningful penetration. At the start of the second half, Chilton played the ball to Kaiman Anderson's feet, but his clever back-flick took Malcolm Melvin somewhat by surprise with a sight on goal.
Hednesford continued to look more dangerous as Carline headed over the bar after 49 minutes and Richard Sho-Silva made a good 52nd challenge to win the ball off Singh in the home penalty area. Cohen Bramall then made a good run and cross from the left in the 58th minute and Carline nodded a 64th minute left wing cross high over the bar. Singh exposed the space down the Yeltz left after 66 minutes, but Tom Thorley could only guide his close range header over the bar.
The Yeltz employed a changed formation with three at the back in the second half in an attempt to apply more forward pressure, but this only served to allow the superior Pitmen to pick off the home defence with two further goals. SAMMONS latched onto substitute Danny Glover's flick and he doubled the Pitmen's lead with a low drive escaping goalkeeper Dan Platt's grasp at his near post in the 74th minute.
With home confidence low, Hednesford finished strongly and made it 3-0 just two minutes later when the ball was worked across to the right to find Maye free in space and he crossed for GLOVER to convert in front of goal. Platt was forced to make a good save as Carline met an 81st minute short corner and Thorley stabbed another effort just wide two minutes later. Platt then superbly tipped away a goal-bound 25 yard shot from substitute Sean Geddes.
Well beaten Halesowen finally earned an 88th minute consolation goal through a solo effort from ANDERSON after he burst through the centre to fire past the previously redundant visiting goalkeeper Dan Crane.
Halesowen Town: Dan Platt; Kyle Haynes (Dumitru Chiriac 70), Aaron Griffiths, Jay Denny (c), Richard Sho-Silva, Asa Charlton, Malcolm Melvin (Joe Colley 83), Danny Bragoli, Kaiman Anderson, Ethan Delaney (Tyree Clarke 63), Lee Chilton. Subs Not Used: Kyle Morrison, Jake King (GK).
Hednesford Town: Dan Crane; Kyle Rowley, Cohen Bramall, Simeon Maye, Calum Flanagan, James Mutton, Gurjit Singh (Sean Geddes 75), Tom Thorley (c), Joel Logan (Danny Glover 68), Ashley Sammons, George Carline. Subs Not Used: Lloyd Ransome, Francino Francis, Rhys Thompson.
Referee: Mark Howes
Attendance: 567
Booked: Bragoli (46)
'Tulleys Print' HTFC Man of the Match selected by John Balmforth: Richard Sho-Silva
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