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Yeltz deserved better - Hill
4:38pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
ONE mistake made all the difference as Halesowen Town lost their opening home Evo Stik Division One South contest against Sutton Coldfield Town this week.
After kicking off the campaign with an excellent 3-1 win at Lincoln United, the Yeltz were soon brought back down to earth when suffering a 1-0 defeat against Sutton.
Halesowen boss John Hill said: “We deserved a point against Sutton, but one uncharacteristic mistake settled the game.
“We look at Sutton as a good yardstick because they’ve always been in or around the play-offs for the past six years.”
The all-important moment against Sutton arrived in the 70th minute when Halesowen substitute Brendan Kelly got caught out allowing Joe Kettle to steal in and poke the ball home underneath goalkeeper Paul Evans.
The season had began so promisingly in Lincoln where prolific striker Ben Haseley started where he left off last term, opening the scoring before Aaron Griffiths made it 2-0.
Although Lincoln pulled a goal back through Danny Brooks, Halesowen responded with a third goal before half time through Jean-Michel Gueyes.
The margin of victory should have been further but Chris Lait failed to convert from the penalty spot in the second half after Gueyes had been brought down.
Halesowen host early season pacesetters Carlton Town on Saturday and then travel to Chasetown on Bank Holiday Monday with Hill said: “The games don’t get any easier.”
Their cause won’t be helped by the loss of defender Dan Parker, who damaged his groin within 15 minutes of the game against Sutton and had to be replaced by Brendan Kelly.
In the meantime, striker Kyle Brady is responding to treatment after sustaining a knee injury in pre-season and is back running, but won’t feature over the weekend.
Hill also took time out to praise Halesowen’s supporters this week after 335 turned out for the midweek defeat to Sutton Coldfield Town.
Hill said: “It’s down to us to keep producing on the pitch and hope that all the supporters keep coming back.”
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