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Tiverton Town 1

Halesowen Tn 1

DRAW specialists Halesowen let an early lead slip to leave new manager Morell Maison still seeking his first win.

Tiverton forced the early pace but Stuart Pierpoint blocked an eighth-minute free kick on the edge of the area.

The Yeltz then snatched an 11th-minute lead with Dean Brennan lobbing home his first goal after goalkeeper Richard Fey rushed out of his goal for a long ball.

Yeltz striker Paul Devlin put new signing Guy Lopez through on goal but goalkeeper Fey blocked on 21 minutes but the hosts were forced to replace Fey after 28 minutes and defender Tom Gardner took over the gloves.

At the start of the second period Halesowen goalkeeper Mark Osborn saved well at the feet of young home striker Sean Szabo.

The visitors then went close with Devlin setting up Darren Caskey to blaze over the bar in the 65th minute and seconds later makeshift goalkeeper Gardner made a fine block from Brennan's volley.

But Halesowen were not strong enough to hold on to their lead. When full-back Jay Denny lost the ball to Tom Knighton in a dangerous position, Knighton simply set up his captain Nathan Rudge to slam home a 74th-minute equaliser.

With 10 minutes left Gardener saved again from Caskey before Tiverton's Glen Gould hit a screamer just past the post.

Bedford Town 1

Rugby Town 1

RUGBY shared the spoils with Bedford Town at the Eyrie.

The hosts took the lead in the seventh minute after Rugby keeper Martyn Margason flapped at a free kick allowing Michael Lyon to sweep the ball into the net.

Rugby's only effort of note occurred on the half-hour with David Stone lashing a 20-yard shot over the bar.

The game was livelier in the second half. In the 64th minute Margason saved low to his left from an Andrew Phillips' header before Bedford keeper Andrew Stevens then produced a superb diving save to deny substitute David Kolodynski. With 20 minutes left Derwayne Stupple's shot hit the post.

But the equaliser came on 74 minutes when Kolodynski deflected a free kick past Stevens.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2007
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