Grantham 1 Yeltz 1

03 September 2005

Barbara that is - to help us hold a lead. By my reckoning (which is obviously suspect) we've been ahead in every game so far this season, and on Saturday it happened once again. A draw at Grantham isn't that bad, but we've unfortunately we seem to have settled in to our mid-table position despite only losing one game so far. Full details in Darren's match report .

Next Saturday we set off on the long road to maybe Wembley with an FA Cup First Qualifying Round against South Normanton Athletic . They finished bottom of the Northern Counties East Division One last season and have lost both their league games so far, so it would be a massive shock if we didn't manage to get through. I think I'm confident ;-)

Match Report from Darren

Halesowen:- Coleman, Cooper, Haywood, Preston, Pope (c), Farmer, Cowley, Lamey, Forinton, N Smith, Forsdick. Unused subs:- Maguire, Strachan, Johnson, Pierpoint, Baker

Grantham:- Zicardi, Matthews, Weale, Sturgess, Julian, Brown, F Smith (Popple 72), Francis (c), Carruthers, Pell, Evans (Sneddon 72). Unused subs:- Wooding, Filby, Glover

Attendance: 270

Halesowen again failed to hold onto a lead against Grantham at the South Kesteven Stadium.

After a quiet opening from both sides, Cowley put over a 6th minute corner which the keeper punched clear under pressure. A minute later Lamey was lucky to escape a caution with a late challenge on Steve Julian.

A Willis Francis free kick on 18 minutes was struck tamely wide after an ill-advised Cowley throw in nearly let in a Grantham player who was fouled by the returning Dave Haywood.

A Lamey free kick on 25 minutes by Lamey was just missed at the far post by a diving Steve Farmer, and on 36 Lamey was again the provider from the right to Howard Forinton who's header was well saved by the keeper.

The second half began with Smith just hitting wide after good work from a Lamey free kick resulted in Farmer heading back across the goal.

The Yeltz took the lead on 57 minutes when a great cross from Alex Cowley was headed home by NATHAN LAMEY. Again the Yeltz failed to capitalise and struggled to hold the ball during the closing stages, and from a long ball from the goalkeeper up the field, Pope and Farmer clashed to allow substitute MICHAEL SNEDDON to give Grantham a point.