Halesowen Town Football Club
January Month Review
Bedworth United New Years Day
After a long and full month of fixtures in December, The Yeltz boys started 2020 off at home against last season’s relegation rivals Bedworth a team who we have played three times already this season this match making it the fourth. The boys in royal blue wanted to put the Boxing Day result right and start the year off with a bang and Robbie Bunn started it off on the 16th minute as he let’s fly from the edge of the box. There was few chances for the rest of the first half and The Yeltz go in at the break just 1 goal up. On the 68th minute Montel slides past not one but two defenders and slots home to make it 2-0, Robbie Bunn wasn’t finished with just one goal he gets his second on the 73rd minute to finish the game off and keep The Yeltz unbeaten run going into the new year and new decade.
The first away trip of the year The Yeltz travelled down to Oxfordshire to take on Kidlington a team who we played at home in the second match of the season back in August and won comfortably 4-1, but the reverse fixture was a different story. In the first minute the ref had the cards out as the home team were booked early with a Yeltz free kick on the edge of area was cleared away. It took the boys in royal blue a while to get into the game with a few crosses into the area but were beaten by the home defence. It took until the 42nd minute of the first half for the break through from a free kick into Yates who flicks the ball with his head into the back of net, making it 1-0 to the yeltz going into the half time break. Few chances in the second half and the home team won the ball on the 55th minute beating two of our players and fired home the equaliser making it 1-1. The Yeltz got back into the game and tried to find the winner on the 60th minute Molyneux was being pulled back and pulled to the floor by their player which ended up with Molyneux being sent off with his shirt torn to bits from being pulled and held back and their number 5 being shown red too. Last bit of action of the game was a Yeltz free kick on the edge of the area which as soon as the ball was fired into the box the ref blew for a foul but not sure who against. Match ended in a 1-1 draw keeping our unbeaten run going.
The Yeltz turned their attention to the Birmingham Senior Cup, the boys started well with a goal from Jamie Molyneux on the 4th minute and we held our lead well going into the half time break 1-0. Second half Burton tried to break us down, we saw some of the Yeltz Youth players break into the first time with Emlyn making his first ever appearance with the first team, on the 79th minute Burton got a goal back to make it 1-1 and we went into penalties. Young Yeltz Emlyn was one of the first to put his name down to take a penalty and he scored from the spot, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Yeltz bow out of the Senior Cup 4-2 on penalties.
Maidenhead United FA Trophy
This year’s Yeltz team made history by getting through to the Second Round of the FA Trophy and have played six rounds in this season’s competition. We went behind after just two minutes at The Grove from a Maidenhead corner but soon woke up and got going testing the visiting keeper but on the 41st minute, it was Robbie Bunn who fired home with a strike on the edge of the area on his weaker foot put the Yeltz level. It did not last long as another break from the visitors made it 2-1 moments later making it 2-1 to Maidenhead at the break. The Yeltz started better in the second half winning a corner early on, which was met by Andy Parsons’s head putting Halesowen level at 2-2. Meaning we go to Maidenhead on Tuesday night in the replay.
The Yeltz returned to league action after our FA Trophy second round draw against Maidenhead, the game started slow with both teams testing both keepers, it wasn’t until Robbie Bunn had a shot deflected just before the half time break to put the Yeltz 1-0 up at half time. Second half started fast with The Yeltz hungry to score more goals and we did just that on the 48th minute Ash Sammons slides one into Robbie as he grabs his second of the game but hold on we aren’t done yet Marselia scores the third on his return to The Yeltz three goals in six minutes. On the 69th minute Ash Sammons converts a penalty making it 4-0 there is just no stopping this team, on the 80th minute Cobourne finishes the scoring off making it 5-0 to The Yeltz.
Maidenhead United FA Trophy Replay
After the first game at The Grove ended in a 2-2 draw The Yeltz travelled down to York Road on a Tuesday evening in front of a good Yeltz following of 141. The game started well with some good chances for Halesowen to go in front with shots from Montel and Brendan Bunn made some fantastic saves to keep The Yeltz in the game, on the 16th minute the hosts took the lead and hold their lead to half time. Second half we saw a change in formation and Luke Yates and Josh Hawker brought onto the field, they both got into the action quickly with Josh’s shot from a free kick hitting the bar and Luke’s header hitting the bar just after. On the 60th minute free kick to The Yeltz from Hawker meeting the head of McCone into the net drawing us level, just four minute later Rob Evans with a belter of a strike from 25 yards out into the net 2-1 to The Yeltz. More was to come though on the 84th minute Luke Yates fires over a cross meeting the head of Manning, who heads home. The Yeltz are through the third round of the FA Trophy for the first time since 2003, but in the competitions current form it is the furthest Halesowen Town have got.
Back to league action after an amazing week at Halesowen Town Football Club, we travelled to league leaders Corby Town. The Yeltz clearly started the better out of the teams working hard and hitting the wood work a few times but we went in at half time level at 0-0. Second half was much of the same until the 55th minute when Cobourne gets the ball in the middle of the pitch threw ball into Piggott who fires home making it 1-0 to The Yeltz, the travelling fans went mental full of voice all game out singing the home fans. Just four minutes later Corby pulled it back level with a goal from no where. The Yeltz went again trying to break through the home defence, with a Robbie Bunn free kick that didn’t get past the wall and Montel’s shots going wide finishing the game off all level at 1-1. The Yeltz probably could of nicked it toward the end but we are still unbeaten in 14 league games and still within sight of reaching our automatic promotion target.
Last game in January, wasn’t the best Yeltz performance. The game took a while to get going, going in at half time still level at 0-0. Thame United who sit just outside the playoff places came with a plan sit deep and defend and that is what they did for 78 minutes, until Jamie Molyneux crosses the ball into the area the visiting keeper pushes the ball into Montel Gibson who taps it home. The game finishes 1-0 to The Yeltz.
The start of 2020 hasn’t been a bad one for Halesowen Town playing eight matches in total, five in the league two in the FA Trophy both against Maidenhead where The Yeltz won in the replay 3-1 at York Road and one Birmingham Senior Cup match against Burton Albion where we lost on penalties. In total the boys have scored 17 goals and conceded just 6 all month, We go into February third in the league with 48 points and the only team in the BetVictor Southern League Division One Central left in the FA Trophy.