Yeltz 1 Dorchester 1

21 October 2000

Well we still haven't won at "Fortress" Grove this season, and only just scraped a point against Dorchester through a late Wayne Lloyd goal. Full details in the match reports .

The latest news is Gary Hackett has been appointed Assistant Manager . As I'm sure you know, Gary played for us for a few years after a long professional career. he's a Halesowen bloke, and I reckon will be an excellent appointment. Also, according to Dave J on the mailing list , we were supposed to have signed striker Lee Bullimore , but it all appears to have fallen through .

We've got a bit of a break from this depressing league action, as there's no game next Saturday as Welling are still in the FA Cup. Our next game is in the Worcester Senior Cup away to Worcester on Monday the 30th, and then it's the FA Trophy game at home to Bilston the Saturday after .

Match Report from DJ

Halesowen Town: Quy; Hines, Owen, Wood, Lloyd, Comyn, Ford, Cartwright (Mason 75), Payne (Aldridge 67), Sutton, Darroch (Collins 60).

Dorchester Town: Ormerod; Sullivan, Keeler, White, McIvor, Harris, Lonnon, Jermyn, O'Hagan, Pickard, Holmes. Subs: Groves, Radcliffe, Cannie.

Booked: None Referee: M. Williams (Hereford) Attendance: 417

As Halesowen searched for their first home win of the season, Dorchester seventh goalkeeper of the season Mark Ormerod had to race out of his goal twice within the first ten minutes but on both occasions he was beaten to the ball by striker Stuart Payne who was then unable to find the net. Ormerod then snatched the ball away from fellow striker Peter Sutton on the edge of his box as Halesowen again broke through in the 15th minute. At the other end, Dorchester man of the match Justin Keeler fired just over the bar after cleverly taking down Owen Pickard's pass in the 21st minute. In a scrappy first half, Ormerod was again on hand again to block a 28th minute effort from Payne who was put clear on goal by Sutton and Halesowen's goalkeeper Andy Quy turned away a 25 yard curling effort from Matt Lennon just before the break.

The stalemate was finally broken in the 58th minute when Keeler waltzed through the home defence and the ball eventually fell invitingly for Matty Holmes to turn home from 8 yards beyond Quy. Halesowen introduced three late substitutes as they searched for an equaliser and it was Ross Collins who caused most trouble. Firstly he had a 76th minute effort disallowed for offside and then produced a tremendous right wing cross in the 86th minute but neither Ian Aldridge nor Michael Mason could produce the finishing touch. One minute later Halesowen equalised when defender Wayne Lloyd rose above everyone to power home a header from substitute Michael Mason's corner, leaving Dorchester to survive a last minute onslaught and share the points.

In a final twist, it was later discovered that the travelling Dorchester fans managed to leave their huge Union Jack Dorchester flag at The Grove. Further developments involving a possible ransom demand for the return of the flag (Enigma machine style) can be expected.