FA Challenge Cup Third Rnd Qual.
Sat. 16 Oct 2004
ALTHOUGH THE SCORELINE FLATTERED THE HOSTS SOMEWHAT, THE QUALITY
OF THE SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE TOPPERS, SOME TWO DIVISIONS HIGHER IN THE FOOTBALL PYRAMID, ULTIMATELY TOLD IN THE END.
In a bitty start both sides appeared to be assessing each other’s
different styles, with neither having any domination, but it was the hosts who drew first blood. After Karl Codd had denied
Town with a double save the lively Jimmy Haaroff latched on to a long ball to
evade would be challenges and drive in past Codd on 13 mins.. Welfare replied strongly and came close when Sean Constable’s
screamer was finger tipped over by home keeper Taylor. Welfare were promising
to get level but were dealt a further blow when Alex Cowley blasted through a ruck of defenders to get a slight ricochet which
was enough to beat Codd and put Halesowen comfortably further ahead.
With the introduction of Dominic Blair Welfare stepped up a gear
from the interval restart and it was no surprise when they reduced the arrears on 49 minutes, Richard Dobson, the player of
the match, heading home from Constables free kick, to score the best goal of the game.
Welfare were once again threatening to level but a lack of concentration at a dubious free kick, taken quickly by Town
allowed Alex Cowley to get free and cross for Lewis Baker to head home and virtually put the tie beyond the Northern Counties
East side on the hour mark. Welfare battled to the end with Lee Parker ‘netting’ only to be ruled offside and
substitute Danny King heading narrowly over, but when the visitors broke down going forward once too many times in search
of a goal, Town hit them on the counter, Ben Stoane sweeping home a low cross to flatter the hosts but firmly put an end to
Welfare’s dream of further progress.
Team: Karl Codd, Gareth Liversedge, Julian Wilkes, Richard Dobson,
Paul Mattison, Shaun Constable, Andrew Seed (Dominic Blair), Jason Bradley (Danny King), Lee Parker, Mark Newton (Darran Leech)