By Christian Hile
Sports 0-1 Halesowen Town
Sports just fell short to a frustrating 1-0 defeat at the hands of a resolute and well organised Halesowen side.
Sports got off to an abysmal start, as Halesowen found themselves in front after just 32 seconds, thanks to a long punt forward, which fell all the way to Kaiman Anderson in the Mickleover box, who poked past Jake Eastwood from close range. Sports came close to an equaliser on 13 minutes when a neat link-up play between Baskerville and Morrison found Baskerville one on one with Platty in the opposition goal who saved well from close range. Anderson came close to doubling the score line on 36 minutes when his header at the back post from a corner went just wide. Anderson again threatened the Mickleover goal on 44 minutes as he forces Eastwood into his first save of the match down to his. Not much was between the two sides, but Halesowen’s early goal separates the two sides.
Mickleover started the second half on the front foot, and came close to levelling the score line on 51 minutes when Richard Sho Silva almost headed into his own net from a Sports corner, and from the resulting corner Pablo Mills headed it straight at Platty. On 70 minutes Clinton Morrison forced Platty into a great after his acrobatic effort from just inside the box. For the remainder of the match Sports found it very difficult to get past the resolute Halesowen defence to create any clear cut chances at goal, as Halesowen slowed things down to disrupt Mickleover’s tempo.
Sports will feel frustrated that they were unable to anything out of the game, but they have a opportunity to quickly bounce back against Corby Town at the Don Amott Arena on Saturday.
Sports :Jake Eastwood, Jake Bennett, Ben Turner, John McGrath, Pablo Mills, Tom Burgin (c ), Andy Dales, Kevin Grocott, Clinton Morrison, Adam Baskerville, Danny Schofield
Halesowen : Daniel Platty, Kyle Haynes, James Hancocks, Jay Denny (c ), Richard Sho-Silva, Asa Charlton, Kennedy Dieie ,Daniel Bragoli, Kaiman Anderson, Jordan Goddard, Malcom Melvin
Sports: Lewis Belgrave (Turner 22), Jake Dickinson, Albert Lansdowne, Brodie Litchfield
Halesowen :Eiman Delaney, Kyle Morrison, Aaron Griffiths, Joe Colley
Attendance : 168