Yeltz 2 Causeway 1

12 August 2000

Friendlies over and the real stuff starts now.

We wrappped up a pretty successful warm-up with a 2-1 victory against tenants Causeway United. After going behind early on, we equalised through a Crispy penalty, and then got a second half winner through Gary Piggott. Full details in the match reports .

Saturday brings a trip down to Salisbury for the first league game of the season. Hurrah!

Match Report from Dave Johnson

Halesowen Town: Quy, Comyn, Hines, Lloyd, Collins, Cartwright, Crisp, Dutton, Payne, Griffiths, Mason. Subs: Dodds, Thomas, Piggott, Owen, Darroch

Causeway United: Sidaway, Powell, Taylor, Shilvock, Burley, Hancox, Mole, Wood, Williams, Dixon, Skidmore. Subs: Wilson, Hollis, Lewis, Pestridge, Reeves, Hall, Saunders

Referee: B. Green (Oldbury)

Causeway made a lively start and a mix-up at the heart of the Halesowen defence in the 5th minute allowed Simon Dixon to nip in and poke the ball past Andy Quy to give the Grove tenants an early lead. Dixon then blasted high from 20 yards for Causeway before Halesowen's Michael Griffiths shot wide from 20 yards in the 13th minute and then saw his 20th minute header fly over the bar. The Yeltz eventually recovered from their shaky opening and equalised in the 39th minute when Craig Burley upended Michael Griffiths in the box and Richard Crisp tucked away the penalty past Matt Sidaway.

Halesowen took greater control in the second half following five half-time substitutions and scored the winner in the 49th minute when Gary Piggott stooped to head home a left wing cross from fellow substitute Andy Dodds. Dodds then forced an excellent save from Sidaway in a quick Halesowen break six minutes later before Sidaway was on hand again to hold onto Craig Dutton's drive at the foot of the post on the hour.