FA Trophy report: Eastwood Town 0-3 Halesowen Town

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Two goals from Ben Haseley and a third from Chris Lait condemned the Badgers to yet another dismal defeat, as this season which started so promisingly lurches from one crisis to another.

A below-par performance by the Badgers left some supporters frustrated, but the result could have been all the more worse had it not been for chances going begging for the visitors, Halesowen.

In truth, the scoreline flattered the home side as Halesowen could have and should have scored a hatful but for some wayward finishing.

Surprisingly Eastwood started the brighter of the two sides with late inclusion Jevon Seaton causing the Halesowen centre backs a few problems.

Sam Pearson was off his line smartly to deny Seaton only to give the ball straight to Tris Whitman. However with the goal at his mercy, the Eastwood striker’s shot lacked both accuracy and direction.

Kristian Green the produced a last ditch tackle to thwart Seaton and Elijah Reid’s cross-shot just cleared the crossbar but that was as good as it got for the Badgers.

Halesowen winger Matthew Martin was having a field day down the right and from his cross Ben Haseley opened the scoring in the 18th minute, poking in from close range.

Haseley should have made it two moments later but missed his kick in front of goal. However he wasn’t to be denied and shortly afterwards he converted a similar chance from another right wing cross.

In the second-half Tyrone Burton completely misjudged the bounce and Haseley was through on goal. This time Lewis King pulled off a good save to keep the scoreline respectable.

Eastwood’s man-of-the-match Liam Garner then headed a corner over and Seaton’s shot flew just wide against the run of play.

A goalmouth scramble saw Chris Lait and Thomas Tonks deny each other a goalscoring opportunity and Haseley went close with a shot across goal.

Lait made amends for the misunderstanding to put the game further beyond the Badgers with the goal of the game as he left two Eastwood defenders on their backsides before smashing the ball past King.

Substitute Jean Gueyes should have rubbed salt into the wounds even further but stroked his shot wide of the goal, the damage already having long been done.

Saturday, October 5, 2013:

Eastwood: 1 Lewis King 2 Elijah Reid 3 Dan O’Donnell 4 Jevon Seaton 5 Tyrone Burton 6 Roberto Labbate 7 Liam Garner 8 Greg Hawes (David Leak 45) 9 Greg Simmons (Vijay Selvam 80) 10 Tris Whitman (c) 11 Josh Schofield. Subs not used: Macauley Gillan, Gareth Langford, Dan Dobbie

Halesowen: 1 Sam Pearson 2 Kristian Green 3 Adam Meacham 4 Chris Lait 5 Curtis Tilt 6 Brendan Kelly (Joe Hull 78) 7 Matt Martin 8 Tom Tonks 9 Iyesden Christie (Nigel Penny 45) 10 Ben Haseley (Jean Gueyes 75) 11 Elliott Turner. Subs not used: Neil Mackenzie, Paul Evans Att: 145

Ref: Ian Smedley Best Badger: Liam Garner

Report by Andy Cope