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Football: Mac saves Yeltz from tricky spot; PREMIER DIVISION.

Halesowen Town 1

Chippenham Town1

HALESOWEN had to settle for a draw despite putting Chippenham under the cosh in a spirited second-half performance.

In a disjointed first period the Bluebirds fired in two early free-kicks and at the other end Duane Darby flicked on for Paul Devlin to be found off-side.

Devlin then forced a corner after Nick Wright burst forward from his own half in the 22nd minute.

The Yeltz pushed forward in a good second half and Kes Metitiri hacked off the line from Nick Wright in the 48th minute following a good cross from Liam McDonald.

As the hosts kept up the pressure they forced four corners and in the 65th minute McDonald cut inside his marker only to see his shot blocked.

But Chippenham took the lead against the run of play on 69 minutes with a penalty after the ball was played against the hand of Davion Hamilton. Kye Holly stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

The goal only served to inspire Halesowen further and McDonald curled in a lovely 25-yard free-kick.

Goalkeeper Chris Snoddy superbly tipped the ball over the bar but McDonald took the corner and, when the ball came back to him, his second cross evaded Snoddy to drift into the far corner of the net.

Bromsgrove 3

Mangotsfield 1

THE home team raced into a two-goal lead in the first 10 minutes.

On five minutes Sam Alsop's cross found Matt Barley on the edge of the area and the winger marked his debut with a sweet volley that gave Tony Malessa no chance.

Five minutes later Alsop won the ball and passed to Nathan Lamey who beat Malessa to the ball. Gary Thorne cleared only as far as Paul Lloyd who hit a low shot into the goal from 18 yards.

Mangotsfield reduced their arrears on 19 minutes, Dave Burborough's header from Ellis Willmott's right-wing cross finding the top corner of Karl Lewis's net.

But Rovers made the game safe 10 minutes from time.

Lloyd ran down the right wing to the touchline before pulling the ball back for substitute Wayne Dyer to side-foot past Malessa.

Rugby Town 2

Tiverton Town 2

RUGBY saw victory snatched from their grasp within a couple of minutes of substitute David Kolodynski's sending-off at Butlin Road.

The visitors took the lead when Glen Gould broke clear and slotted home in the 24th minute.

Twelve minutes later it was all square when Dave Staff found the top corner of the net with a spectacular free-kick from the edge of the area.

A flowing move gave Rugby the lead in the 65th minute, Kolodynski playing in fellow striker Stone who slide the ball under keeper Ray Johnstone.

But Kolodynski was dismissed after kicking out at Nathan Rudge three minutes later, and to rub salt into Rugby's wounds Tiverton levelled two minutes later when Tom Knighton turned home from close range.

The referee produced five yellow cards in a niggly encounter, and another red in the 80th minute when Rudge was sent off following a second booking when he pulled back Stone.

King's Lynn 2

Gloucester City 1

TWO goals in the first 14 minutes condemned the Tigers to defeat against King's Lynn in the Norfolk side's first home game of the campaign.

The hosts took the lead in the 11th minute when former Norwich City defender Craig Fleming, making his debut for Lynn, headed in a Joe Francis corner.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Matt Nolan's deft pass was turned home by Danny Bloomfield.

After a couple of close calls at the Lynn end, Gloucester were handed a lifeline by the award of a dubious penalty, which Alex Sykes duly converted.

King's Lynn were awarded a penalty of their own in the 72nd minute after a hand-ball from Jamie Price, but Gloucester keeper Kevin Sawyer saved to his right.

Sawyer was again the hero when he foiled Lynn substitute John Turner with his legs four minutes from time.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2007
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