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21.10.2006 @ 15:00 Keys Park Attendance: 613
Hednesford Town
2 - 2
Halesowen Town
Referee: Mr N. Radford (Worcester) FA Trophy / 1st Qual-Match

Tom Marshall (44)
Mario Pedro (75)
Gary Knight (43)
Matt Lewis (pen, 70)
Starting Line-ups
Ryan Young
Tom Marshall
Iain Screaton
Ross Adams
Chris White
Terry Henshaw
Mario Pedro
Phil Hadland
Chad Sheppard
Darren Alexander
Ross Dyer
Danny Woodhall
Rob Warner
Dave Haywood
Niki Preston
Gary Knight
Lee Williams
Alex Cowley
Matt Lewis
Paul Szewczyk
Nick Amos
Simon Forsdick
Tony Brown
Matt Dudley
Keenan Meakin-Richards
Carl Ellis
Luke Farmer
Grant Beckett
Sean Dowdall
Ian Cooper
Chris Brindley
Mark Gayle
None. Grant Beckett -> Nick Amos (23)
Sean Dowdall -> Paul Szewcycz (79)
Yellow cards
Tom Marshall (63)
Dave Haywood (71)
Danny Woodhall (82)
Red cards
None. None
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Mario Pedro celebrates his equaliser
Report by Rod Hadley

The FA Carlsberg Trophy match between Hednesford and Halesowen finally came to life in first half injury time when two first half goals were scored. Two controversial decisions by the Referee lead to the Halesowen opener, first the Assistant on the main stand side flagged for a Pitmen throw then after he over-ruled that decision, the ball went out of play again and this time the Referee pointed for a corner when his Assistant on the far side indicated a Hednesford goal kick. Former Pitman Lee Williams took the disputed corner kick floating a good ball to Gavin Knight at the back post who scored with an unchallenged header.

The lead only lasted two minutes as Darren Alexander won the ball in the six-yard box, he laid it back across the goal where Tom Marshall prodded home from close range to score, which was the final action of the half.

The second half began with a scare as three Hednesford players were hurt and were in need of treatment. Tom Marshall and Chris White clashed heads when challenging for a high ball and Ryan Young was injured keeping Halesowen from scoring when remarkably the Referee had allowed play to continue with two players requiring treatment for head injuries. The Assistant had flagged for offside and if the Referee had spotted his flag Ryan Young could have been saved getting the injury, which may keep him out of the replay.

Paul Szewczyk was denied the chance to score when Tom Marshall made a late tackle to avert the danger and the Halesowen centre forward went close shortly after, Rob Warner created an opening on the left before sending a good ball into the box which Matt Lewis missed but Shevvy who was following up managed to shoot but could only watch his effort from close range sail over the crossbar.

Tom Marshall was cautioned for a foul on Szewczyk, Ryan Young had to be on top form to hold onto the fiercely hit free kick

Alex Cowley showed some good old fashioned wing play and after his dribbling skills had put Terry Henshaw onto his backside, he crossed but it was not cleared and as a result a Halesowen player was able to shoot but the shot hit Iain Screaton on the arm who was unable to get out of the way and the Referee awarded a penalty. Matt Lewis scored from the spot kick by sending Ryan Young the wrong way.

Halesowen’s Dave Haywood was cautioned for a needless foul on Mario Pedro and from Chad Sheppard’s free kick Darren Alexander headed over.

The Pitmen equalised for the second time when in the 72nd minute the Halesowen defence failed to clear an Iain Screaton long throw and Mario Pedro just managed to stab home a shot through a crowd of players.

The goal lifted the Pitmen and as the visitors tired the home team were beginning to create a few chances, an unnecessary foul on Darren Alexander by Nick Preston gave Chad Sheppard another chance from a free kick position but again his shot went just wide.

In the 82nd minute the Referee amazed everyone in the ground as Ross Dyer was bundled over by Dan Woodhall.well outside of his area, it seemed a simple decision to make as even Halesowen’s sub keeper was putting his gloves on in preparation of having to replace Woodhall but to continue his afternoon of strange decisions the Referee produced a yellow card when everyone was expecting a red.

With the game heading for a replay Matt Lewis should have won the game for Halesowen as he scuffed a shot from close range after Lee Williams had made the opening for him. In the end neither team could complain with the result and the tie will now be settled at the Grove
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