Halesowen Town FC: Yeltz snatch points late on at Romulus
Halesowen scored two late goals in quick succession to claim another three points in the Evo-Stik Division One South after quite a dull affair on the league’s only artificial pitch.
The first half was reasonably quiet as there were only three proper chances between the two sides, with the first coming from Romulus as Halesowen failed to clear an indirect free-kick, and it gave Daniel O’Callaghan some space to take a shot, but he blasted the ball straight at the keeper.
After a twenty minute quiet spell, Romulus wasted a golden opportunity as Lee Smith managed to climb over Asa Charlton and he headed the ball at goal, but his effort just flew over the bar.
Halesowen’s first real chance came ten minutes before the break, as they were awarded a free-kick. Tom Tonks decided to hit it low but it was hit softly and was easily gathered by Lewis Exall by the right-hand post.
After another quiet period, the referee ended the half which had produced barely any goal-bound opportunities from either side.
The second half started with Halesowen coming close as a great ball from Tom Tonks bounced over Iyseden Christie and Kyle Patterson tried to chip the ball over the outrunning Lewis Exall, but his attempted chip flew off-target and the ball remained in play.
Romulus came close with a direct free-kick as Nathanial Caines hit a powerful effort towards goal, but it took a knock off Joe Hull on its way to goal and it went just wide of the left hand post. Lee Smith was then allowed too much space in the Halesowen half and he ran a fair distance towards goal before hitting a shot, but it was low and Sam Pearson was easily able to smother the ball. Romulus were getting closer with their chances as Gregory Downes was gifted space in the Yeltz penalty area and he drove the ball towards the bottom right hand corner but Pearson managed to get his hand to the ball and push it away from goal.
It had been over fifty minutes of playing time since Halesowen had had a chance at goal and the ‘chance drought’ was finally broken by Tom Tonks in the 85th minute as he hit a shot from 20 yards out, but the ball flew wide of the left hand post.
The game looked to be ending in a stalemate but out of nowhere the Yeltz scored two goals in quick succession, the first coming from Joe Hull, who leapt into the air on the edge of the six yard box nodded the ball just above the keeper and the ball guided itself into the net. Halesowen sealed the win 60 seconds later, as Aaron Griffiths replicated the goal he scored just over 48 hours ago, as his attempted cross flew over Lewis Exall and the ball landed in the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Romulus tried to get at least a goal back in the final minutes of the game, but were denied by Sam Pearson twice, as Craig Marshall smashed the ball towards goal from 18 yards, but Pearson got his fingertips to the shot and tipped the ball over the bar for a corner. The corner kick flew into the box and the ball landed at Daniel O’Callaghan’s feet, but his shot was saved by Pearson once again.
The game ended with Halesowen claiming all three points and they were now only a point off league leaders Leek, bearing in mind that they have two games in hand.
HALESOWEN: Sam Pearson, Kristian Green, Asa Charlton, Avun Jephcott, Joseph Hull, Brendan Kelly, Jean-Michel Gueyes, Thomas Tonks, Iyseden Christie (Neil Mackenzie), Kyle Patterson (Nigel Penney), Matt Martin (Aaron Griffiths). Unused subs: Matt Sargeant, Curtis Tilt.
ROMULUS: Lewis Exall, Robert Evans, Nathaniel Lanes, Cameron Lee, Liam Francis, Lee Smith, Marcus Brown, Daniel O’Callaghan, Craig Marshall, Tom Turton, Gregory Downes. Unused subs: Danico Johnson, Blake Thompson, Tyron Amory, Dave Barnett.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Sam Pearson
Entertainment rating: 2/5