12 Jan 2011 SLP Swindon Supermarine 3-0 Halesowen Town Print

Zamaretto League Premier Division – Wednesday, 12th January 2011

Swindon Supermarine 3 Halesowen Town 0

Halesowen had no answer to Swindon’s sweeping football on a rain-soaked surface as the home side stepped-up their league play-off challenge, writes David Johnson.

Slick Supermarine took only four minutes to gain the upper hand when impressive Steven Cook cut inside to leave Sam MORRIS with a free shot from three yards to put the hosts ahead. Man-of-the-match Cook was then put clear on goal but could only stab wide and Jamie Gosling’s 20th minute effort was collected by Halesowen goalkeeper Simon Flower following another good cross from Cook two minutes later.

However, Halesowen looked more resilient than of late and found some inspiration midway through the first-half when captain Marlon Walters ploughed through the heavy midfield to play in Rory Curtis, but the home defence cleared their lines. Ruben Izquierdo then set up Lee Chilton to float the ball just over the bar in the 32nd minute and Chilton produced more good work before being blocked out three minutes later. But with Swindon on top, Mark Smith bravely blocked Ben Wells on the edge of the area and a stinging drive from Gosling was stopped by Gareth Davies after 38 minutes.

Super Swindon deservedly doubled their lead in the 41st minute when Kyle Lapham crossed from the right and Cook combined with Morris to allow Nick STANLEY to rifle home in front of goal. Seconds before the interval, Halesowen central defender Smith was forced to nod a clearance just wide of his own goal.

Following a double substitution at the start of the second period, the Yeltz produced their best chance of the game in the 52nd minute. Chilton’s superb ball out of defence picked out Izquierdo on the right and he rode the last defender’s challenge to be free on goal, but goalkeeper Will Puddy did just enough to divert the ball away from goal and a great chance to claw back into the game was lost.

Swindon put the game beyond any doubt at 3-0 after an hour when another sweet flowing move saw Lapham work the ball to Wells in the centre and he in turn laid the ball off for MORRIS to drive home from a wide angle on the overlap. Stanley then shot wide and Daniel Allen struck a 20-yard shot at Flower after yet more industrious work from Cook. Tireless Cook then worked through on goal in the 67th minute but Flower made a fine save.

Anthony Bruce almost connected with a left-wing corner and substitute Felix Kyeremeh’s 20-yard shot fell wide before the tiring visitors collected three more late bookings as their frustration grew. With a suspension already looming, Bruce’s disciplinary record worsened further by being sent off for his second bookable offence after fouling Gary Horgan, reducing the Yeltz to ten men for the final ten minutes.

Swindon continued the momentum of their early season FA Cup run and almost added to their tally in the final minute when substitute Joe Harris shrugged off two defenders but fired wide of an open goal.

Swindon Supermarine: Puddy: Lapham, Allen, Horgan, Henry (c), Bampton, Wells, Gosling (Hopper 61), Cook (Harris 80), Morris, Stanley (Robinson 86). Unused Sub: Beedon.

Halesowen Town: Flower; Davies, Jarrett, Smith, Godwin, Bruce, Izquierdo, Walters (c), Curtis (Kyeremeh 52), Ravenhill (Wills 52), Chilton. Unused Subs: Yousif, Young.

Referee: A. Bird (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 101

Booked: Bruce (37), Wells (48), Izquierdo (75), Smith (81), Walters (84)

Sent Off: Bruce (79)