Spennymoor Town 1-1 Halesowen Town
Sat 25 March 2017
The Brewery Field
Halesowen Town ended high flying Spennymoor Town's three game winning run to edge closer to securing their Premier Division status with a deserved point in the County Durham sunshine.
A crowd of 668 saw The Yeltz make a bright start and the breakthrough came in the 26th minute when full back Cameron Steele let fly from 35 yards with a swerving drive that caught out Moors keeper Dan Lowson, who couldn't keep it out.
Moors thought they had levelled soon after, when a great Kallum Griffiths ball into the area was bundled home by Graeme Armstrong. However, the goal was ruled out as Armstrong was adjudged to have deliberately handled, resulting in a booking for the Moors striker.
A static Moors struggled to get going and the Yeltz perhaps should have doubled their lead moments before the break when Sergine Mor Diop broke clear, but Lowson came out to block bravely.
The second half saw an improvement from Moors who pushed on, but a resolute Yeltz defence held firm to preserve the lead. Armstrong went closest for Moors but he fired inches past the post after running onto Kallum Griffiths' clever ball into the area.
Moors did finally get the equaliser in the 72nd minute when Ian Watson crossed from the left into the path of substitute Rob Ramshaw who controlled in the box, cut inside onto his left foot and drilled a shot across keeper Daniel Platt and into the far corner.
It set up a grandstand finish with Moors piling forward in search of the winner. First, Jamie Chandler volleyed over, then Ramshaw cut inside but was unable to keep his shot down, before Henry headed wide from a Mark Anderson corner.
There was one last throw of the dice for Moors which came right at the death, as substitute Glen Taylor missed a golden chance after finding himself with space in the area, but fired agonisingly wide.
The game ended in a stalemate and Moors may see it as two points dropped based on their second half onslaught. But in truth, the Yeltz defended in numbers and remained resolute throughout to earn a deserved point.
1 Dan LOWSON
2 Kallum GRIFFITHS
3 Chris MASON (c)
4 Jamie CHANDLER
5 Ian WATSON
6 James CURTIS
7 Adam MITCHELL (14 Rob RAMSHAW)
8 Shane HENRY
9 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 Glen TAYLOR)
10 David DOWSON (16 Connor SMITH)
11 Mark ANDERSON
Subs Not Used:
Referee: Mr S Dial