Halesowen Town Football Club
November Month Review
We get back to league action, after a month with just one league due to our success in the cups, we went into November with a home fixture against third place AFC Dunstable. With Cobourne making his debut and a good first show in a yeltz shirt Halesowen started the month strong and carry on our promotion push. Dunstable came with a game plan and it took us until the 64th minute to break them down with great work from new yeltz signing Cobourne and Robbie Bunn getting the first goal of the game and the month. The Yeltz kept asking questions of AFC Dunstable and Andy Parsons got his fourth goal of the season with a headed goal on the 85th minute to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
Stamford AFC Trophy Replay
The Yeltz then travelled to Stamford for the Replay of the FA Trophy where it was clear to see both teams were up for it and we were still no clearer to seeing who would proceed to the next round at half time where it was still 0-0. Second half Stamford came out pushing up the pitch hoping to break The Yeltz down but we stood firm, in the 64th minute we saw Halesowen break the deadlock with a great ball in from Hewitt to Gibson who fires home to put the Yeltz 1-0 up. Stamford tried everything to get a goal back but on the 84th minute it was a Luke Yates cross that found Montel’s head, which found the goal to make it 2-0 to the Yeltz. Halesowen weren’t finished there just minutes later Reece Hewitt put the game to bed with a well-placed ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-0 to make sure The Yeltz were into the next round against Grantham.
Grantham Town FA Trophy
After Tuesday’s excellent showing from every single Yeltz player we were at home in the next round to Northern Premier League Grantham Town. The Yeltz boys were obviously up for it after Tuesday’s showing and bossed the game from start to finish, we kept the Grantham keeper busy all game and on the 41st minute broke through when Reece Hewitt smashes the ball home to put The Yeltz 1-0 up going into the half time break. Second half it was all Halesowen at a very wet Grove, with help from the noise in the shed Reece Hewitt gets his second goal of the day on the 85th minute to put Halesowen through to the next round. Grantham got a goal back to make it 2-1 but the damage was done as we head into the Third Qualifying round.
After Kempston’s last match against promotion chasers Corby where they won 2-1 it was not going to be easy at the first whistle, but Halesowen stood their ground and came out on the attack straight away and did not give up for the whole match. Molyneux came close to opening the scoring on the 8th minute just wide of the target, but minutes later that man Jamie Molyneux found the target after a low cross from Montel on the 13th minute. The Yeltz were no where near finished on the 21st minute Bowen found Gibson with a great cross and Montel grabs his 18th goal of the season, Minutes later from a Yeltz corner the skipper got his first goal for The Yeltz heads the ball home to make it 3-0 after 26 minutes. Just half hour into the match and The Yeltz make it 4-0 away from home with a cross from Hewitt, header from Montel pushed into the path of Josh Hawker by the keeper who finds the net, 4-0 up at half time how many more can Halesowen get. Second half started just as fast and strong with James Bowen close to getting the 5th for The Yeltz with a great cross from Ashmore, but it was Reece Hewitt on the 56th minute who fires home from 12 yards. On the 88th minute the hosts went down to ten men after a bit of frustration with a foul on James Bowen, Yeltz free kick headed well clear of the target, game finished 5-0 to The Yeltz and we climb back to third in the league with 24 points 9 points off the top and three games in hand.
Coventry United (Birmingham Senior Cup)
After the weekend’s 5-0 victory over Kempston Rovers, The Yeltz went into the Birmingham Senior Cup knowing that the winner of this match had Burton Albion at home in the next round. The Yeltz started strong with an early goal from Molyneux on the 11th minute quickly followed by his second on the 20th minute. Halesowen weren’t finished before the break with Montel getting his 19th goal of the season on the 25th minute to make it 3-0 to the yeltz going into half time. Second half we saw more Yeltz goals with Robbie Bunn getting the fourth for The Yeltz, coming on fresh from the bench Ash Sammons gets the fifth for the Yeltz making it 5-0 to make sure Halesowen keep their unbeaten month going and put them through to the next round.
Gateshead (FA Trophy)
In the third and last qualifying round of the Trophy The Yeltz went up against Gateshead FC of the national league north. First half saw mainly Gateshead have the ball and kept goalkeeper Brendon Bunn busy with a few changes but nothing special to put the visitors ahead, we went into the break level at 0-0. Second half saw Halesowen have more of the ball creating changes. The Yeltz held out and on the 85th minute Cobourne fired the ball home to put the hosts 1-0 up against a team two steps higher and put us into the draw for the First round proper of the FA Trophy for the first time in a few years, and keep our unbeaten month going.
Last match of the month saw us travel to Wantage Town as they still search for their first points of the season. The Yeltz started strong and pushed up from the first whistle. The wantage keeper was kept busy all game with Yeltz corners and shots. On the 41st minute that man Montel Gibson gets the opening goal of the match and his 20th goal of the season to put The Yeltz 1-0 up going into the half time break. Second half the travelling Yeltz fans changed ends standing behind the far goal and on the 55th minute Montel got his second of the game and 21st of the season that man is on fire, he wasn’t finished there on the 63rd minute he became provider to Simone’s second goal of the season. Montel was far from finished though as on the 74th minute he completes his third hat trick of the season and goes over to the travelling fans and committee in celebration. Molyneux finishes the game off at another 5-0 win for The Yeltz on the 90th minute.
What a month this has been unbeaten in seven games 23 scores one conceded and third in the league four games in hand and still in the FA Trophy and Birmingham Senior Cup and still in within a chance of the top spot. What can December bring for The Yeltz with Bradford PA in the Trophy away on the 14th and Burton Albion at home in the Senior Cup on the 17th.
Games Played: 7
Goals Scored: 23
Goals Conceded: 1