Halesowen Town FC: Yeltz Unable To Knock Down Castle
Halesowen began their brief spell without top scorer Ben Haseley and it showed as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to mid-table side Newcastle Town, as Newcastle claimed their fourth consecutive win.
The first chance of the game came from Newcastle as Aaron Carton managed to react quickly in the Yeltz box and he hit a shot that Matt Sargeant managed to get his palm to and deny Newcastle, and the ball bounced out of the area and back into the field of play.
Newcastle showed their good form as they kept pressing for the advantage, as James Askey cut into the Yeltz box and hit a shot that flew over Sargeant and just over the bar.
Halesowen then had a goal disallowed. Iyseden Christie kept fighting to get down the right wing, which he finally did and hit the ball across the box, but Tom Tonks pushed Aaron Carter, and the defender fell and flicked the ball over his own keeper, but the goal was chalked off for the push from Tonks on Carter.
Both sides were staying strong at the back and Halesowen were starting to break through. Aaron Griffiths found space on the edge of the box and hit a shot at goal, but the ball flew over the bar and onto the cycling track behind.
Both teams were having a fair amount of chances, and Newcastle found a hole in the Halesowen defence as Thomas Urwin managed to run all the way down the left wing, and then he cut the ball into the box and hit a curling shot that just went wide of the post.
The first half came to an end, and it seemed a dull half with both sides having a fair amount of chances but struggling to get chances on target.
The second half started with Newcastle taking the lead; as a corner kick from Ricky Bridge flew into the box and it met with the head of Leon Ashman and flew into the net from three yards out. Matt Martin nearly got a goal for himself – at the wrong end of the pitch as his header didn’t go in the right direction and it just flew wide of the left hand post. Newcastle were starting to dominate; Christian Miller smashed the ball towards goal, and it was on-target, but he was denied by a great save from Matt Sergeant.
Halesowen were then gifted an equaliser as Leon Ashman misjudged his distance from goal as he headed the ball with little power towards his own keeper, and Iyseden Christie was able to hit the ball past Dave Parton. The ball rolled slowly into the bottom right hand corner of the net after just twenty minutes of the second half.
Halesowen seemed to have woken up after that goal as Tom Tonks managed to find space inside the Newcastle box, but his shot lacked power and the ball rolled into the hands of Dave Parton. Newcastle didn’t need long to get back into the lead as Tim Sanders slotted a through ball to Tom Urwin, who outpaced Curtis Tilt and poked the ball past Sergeant and the effort rolled into the net.
Halesowen came close to snatching a point in the final moments of the game, as Kristian Green found space in the Newcastle penalty area and hit the ball towards goal, but it flew over the bar and that ended the game for Halesowen as the referee blew for full time.
Halesowen are still in 3rd place after that defeat but they are now level on points with Carlton Town so a win is needed against basement side Bedworth in order to keep the position they are in.
Halesowen Town: Matt Sargeant, Kristian Green, Brendan Kelly, Avun Jephcott, Joe Hull, Curtis Tilt, Matt Martin (Daniel Waldron), Tom Tonks, Iyseden Christie, Aaron Griffiths (Adam Meacham) Elliott Turner. Unused subs: Sam Pearson, Jean-Michel Gueyes, Neil Mackenzie.
Newcastle Town: Dave Parton, James Askey, Ricky Bridge, Leon Ashman, Aaron Carter, Christian Miller, Thomas France, Daniel Skelton, Jordan Cole, Tim Sanders, Thomas Urwin. Unused subs: Matt Hardiman, Ashley Hill, Luke Askey, Josh Gordon, Will Ryder
Reece Charlton. Follow me on twitter: @Reece_Charlton