Workmanlike Halesowen Town gets the job done

Halesowen scored their second straight win of the season with a goal midway through each half, writes David Johnson.

Manager Paul Smith praised his team’s professional performance. “We had a good first 25 minutes and then we created several good chances in the second half, so it was a nice second game of the season for us.

We are a different team now, there is energy and tenacity in us and we were well worth the win.

Nathan Hayward headed wide as Tom Turton delivered Halesowen’s first corner after 8 minutes and a second Josh Quaynor corner just a minute later was grabbed by giant Bedworth keeper Sam Lomax.

Josh Ezewele and Kieran Morris exchanged neat passes to earn a third corner in the 16th minute and Simeon Cobourne then went close a minute later after a trick in the penalty area, only for Greenbacks captain William Edjenguele to block his shot.

Ezewele issued a vital challenge at the other end when Jazz Luckie ran into the penalty area but Halesowen created fresh chances with Richard Gregory closing in after 21 minutes and a low shot from Jack Holmes in the 23rd minute was saved by Lomax before Tyler Haddow flashed 25 yards. shot in front of Dan Platt’s post.

Halesowen then took a deserved lead in the 28th minute when Quaynor did well to find COBOURNE on the right and his hard, low 15-yard shot beat Lomax at the near post.

The home defense continued to look solid and home captain Rob Evans made a fine clearance in the 36th minute when Eesa Sawyers burst into the penalty area from his own half.

But Halesowen still looked likely to find more goals and before the interval a low shot from Holmes was stopped by Lomax’s fingertips and a 45th-minute deflection from Cobourne nearly fell into Bedworth’s net.

The ball then stayed out of Bedworth’s net when Turton’s 58th-minute corner kick tangled in Cobourne’s feet on the line. Bedworth never gave up and the Greenbacks nearly equalized in the 59th minute when the ball fell nicely for Sawyers, only for Platt to make a superb blocking save for a corner in a one-on-one.

Yeltz then came very close to doubling the lead in the 64th minute after Ezewele did well and left the ball for Gregory to choose his place, but the shot seemingly linked to Gregory’s goal was returned from the post and goalkeeper Lomax prevented Jamie Insall from following. with his feet.

However, the wait for the second goal was not too long following good work down the right from Holmes and his 67th minute cross goal was slammed home by INSALL from close range.

Substitute Richard Smith didn’t have a chance to add a third goal when his effort was cleared off the line in the 79th minute after Insall broke free and squared the ball.

Town of Halesowen: Dan Platt; Josh Ezewele, Josh Quaynor, Tom Turton (Nat Kelly 74), Kieran Morris, Rob Evans (c), Jack Holmes, Nathan Hayward, Jamie Insall (Matt Funge 80), Richard Gregory (Richard Smith 69), Simeon Cobourne. Unused captions: Dexter Dudley-Toole, Bailey Fuller.

Bedworth United: Sam Lomax; Joseph Smith (Richard Blythe 11), Luke Rowe, Elliot Parrott, William Edjenguele (c), Kyle Barnett, Liam Lockett, Max Johnson, Jazz Luckie (Liam Murphy 68), Tyler Haddow (James Sanderson 83), Eesa Sawyers. Subs not used: Reece Blackmore, Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls.

Referee: Joshua Brookland Attendance: 757

Reserved: Haddow (52), Quaynor (86)

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