Cup Defeat and League Draw for Yeltz
Match reports from the two most recent Halesowen Town games, against Guiseley in the FA Cup, and Ilkeston in the Northern Premier League.
Guiseley 3 Yeltz 0
Halesowen’s FA Cup adventure came to an heart-breaking end at the weekend, as they were outplayed by Conference North heavyweights Guiseley.
The Yeltz made one change to the side that started against Kings Lynn, with Aaron Forde taking Danny Bragoli’s place in the side, who was demoted to the bench. Guiseley made two changes to the side that came out triumphant against Stalybridge Celtic in midweek, as Leeds United loanee Jake Skelton and captain Andy Holdsworth returned to the side.
The Lions’ target man Adam Boyes, who has netted 6 times in his last 7 appearances, had several chances to get on the scoresheet, as he had four opportunities in the first twenty minutes, the closest come in the 18th minute, as he broke through the Yeltz defence and hit a shot that somehow rebounded off the inside of the post and came back into play.
However, Halesowen couldn’t handle the strength of the Guiseley attack and The Lions broke the deadlock on 31 minutes, as Nicky Boshell’s heavily deflected shot left Matt Sargeant stranded on his goal line, and he could only watch the ball roll past him into the net.
Guiseley doubled their lead two minutes before the break, as Boshell’s blocked shot flew into the path of Gavin Rothery, who poked the ball into the net from three yards out.
Halesowen had their first chance on 45 minutes, as Iyseden Christie’s header flew narrowly wide of the left hand post.
The second half saw a much more impressive performance from the Yeltz, as they created more chances for themselves, and they came close on 50 minutes, as the attackers stringed a few passes together before giving the ball to Robert Thompson-Brown who blasted the ball over the bar.
The game was then put out of Halesowen’s reach on 68 minutes, as Wayne Brooksby took the ball towards goal and he hit the ball under the outrunning Sargeant and he watched the ball roll into the net to put a three goal deficit between the sides.
Halesowen couldn’t break through the strength of the Lions defence and the game ended with Guiseley being put into the hat for the 4th Qualfying Round and The Yeltz made the long trip home empty handed once again, bringing back memories of defeat to Marske this time last year.
Halesowen: Sargeant, Green, Charlton, Forde (Tonks), Hull, Tilt, Kettle (Bragoli), Thompson-Brown (Turner), Christie, Haseley, Lait. Unused subs: Sam Pearson, Aaron Griffiths.
Ilkeston 2 Yeltz 2
A last minute penalty cost The Yeltz all three points, as high flying Ilkeston snatched a point in Derbyshire.
Halesowen made five changes to the side that suffered defeat to Guiseley on Saturday, with Aaron Griffiths, Elliott Turner, Neil Mackenzie, Tom Tonks and Dan Bragoli all featuring.
The first chance Ilkeston had resulted in a goal, as David Morgan’s free kick flew into the box and was nodded into the net by Halesowen’s own Curtis Tilt, whose attempted clearing header flew into the net.
However, Neil Mackenzie showed his attacking presence was something that had been missing, as his long rang effort fizzed just past the post.
Ilkeston nearly doubled their advantage on 38 minutes, as Tyrell Waite’s shot smashed off the inside of the post and came back into play.
The Yeltz got the equaliser they were looking for a minute later, as Neil Mackenzie chested the ball down and he then blasted the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
The second half was dominated by Halesowen and they were finally rewarded for their effort wen Iyseden Christie was gifted too much space in the box, and he was able to poke the ball into the net.
But with two minutes of added time left, Halesowen conceded a soft penalty to throw Ilkeston a lifeline. Up stepped substitute Rob Duffy, who converted the penalty comfortably to send the Yeltz home disappointed after an impressive display.
Halesowen: Sargeant, Green, Griffiths, Bragoli (Forde), Hull, Tilt, Kettle, Tonks (Thompson-Brown), Christie, Mackenzie, Turner. Subs not used: Charlton, Haseley, Lait.