WE MEET AGAIN - Halesowen Town
I don't know which team will be lacking in confidence the most as both sides come off the back of a 6-0 drubbing. Whilst Coleshill were being outclassed by Nuneaton in the FA Cup, Halesowen were getting the same spanking from Truro City but whereas Coleshill were doing ever so well up until that point, best ever in the FA Cup, 10th in the league, Halesowen have now lost seven on the trot. The visitors though, will look upon this game against Coleshill, two levels below them, as a way of finding some form and I would guess that they will come with as strong a team as possible.
Halesowen, nickname "the Yeltz", were founded in 1873 making them older than Coleshill and one of the oldest clubs in the country. They have always been at their present ground "The Grove", a remarkable statistic. They were in the West Midlands League for many years but were promoted to the Southern League in 1986 and have flitted between Premier and first divisions at that level ever since and are currently in the Zamaretto Premier. They haven't had the best of seasons and to date lie 19th from 22 with a record of:
P13 W2 D4 L7 F9 A26
Because of the leagues Halesowen have been in, the two teams have rarely met, in fact my records have come up with only one previous encounter back in 1989, also in the Birmingham Senior Cup. That game was at "The Grove", so it could be Halesowen's first ever visit to Pack Meadow.
Tuesday 19th September 1989
Birmingham Senior Cup Round 1.
Halesowen Town 3 v 2 Coleshill Town
Halesowen: Paul Joinson, Malcolm Hazelwood 2.
Coleshill: Ricky Allen, Jim Clayton.
THE EXPRESS AND STAR WROTE
Halesowen given senior cup fright
Halesowen came close to a shock exit from the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Coleshill shocked them when Ricky Allen lobbed Williams from 35 yards in the 12th minute and the ball finished in the corner of the net.
The Midland Combination side held the upper hand and were creating most chances with Rory Cash almost putting his side two up when latching on to a poor back-pass from Malcolm Hazelwood.
Halesowen hit back on 28 minutes when a Peter Sturgess cross was converted by Paul Joinson.
But Coleshill went ahead again when a mix-up in the Halesowen defence saw Clayton finish with a well-placed chip over Williams.
Hazelwood equalised once more, on the stroke of half time, with a brilliantly struck free kick from the edge of the box after setting the move up himself.
The strike proved crucial as Halesowen turned on the style in the second half. Paul Joinson, Peter Sturgess and Hazelwood all had good chances for Halesowen and it was the captain who settled the issue when linking well with Joinson to nudge Halesowen ahead.
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