By Richard Scott
Photo by Simon J Newbury photography
Nantwich Town almost took all three points as they drew 1-1 away at Halesowen Town.
Nantwich striker Aaron Burns had opened the scoring for the Dabbers on 16 minutes and it looked like Nantwich had the game won.
Boss Danny Johnson was forced to bring in two more players with the current injury situation- David Brown (who started) and Jeff King (who was a second half sub)
But in the second minute of injury time a goal from sub Joesph Hull cruelly denied the Dabbers the win.
The opening five minutes was all Nantwich, with the first real chance going to the Dabbers. Harrop broke forward to the edge of the six yard box, but sliced his shot wide.
Halesowen’s first shot on goal came when Thomas Tonks had a long range shot, but Aaron Ashley was able to save well.
On 15 minutes Harrop forced Sargeant into a smart save, forcing a corner. He took it, and, after a bit of a scramble, Aaron Burns fired the ball past Sargeant to put the Dabbers 1-0 up.
After a couple of half chances for both teams, Mukendi headed over from a Harrop corner on 24 minutes as the visitors looked to increasing their advantage.
With 10 minutes to go of the half, Andy White had to be alert to clear the ball and the resulting corner was scrambled away to allow Burns to attack.
The Dabbers could have gone into the break when Harry Clayton hit a shot from distance which fizzed across the ground at goal, eventually cleared by the Halesowen defence after Sargeant fumbled.
Mukendi had a couple of half chances, but the Dabbers had to settle for a 1-0 lead at half time.
Ashley made a fine save in the first couple of minutes after the interval to save half time sub Neil Mackenzie shot as the hosts tried to level up proceedings, the corner was eventually cleared by the Dabbers defenders.
While Kyle Blake put in another sterling performance in the middle of the park and managed to mop up a couple of Yeltz attack, as well as trying to start a couple of Nantwich attacks.
On the hour mark Mukendi tried a bit of trickery to get the ball in the box flicking the ball up in the area before hooking it across, but the hosts were able to clear the ball.
It should have been 2-0 to Nantwich when winger Harry Clayton fired a shot at goal only for it thundered off the far post and bounced away from Burns who was ready and waiting to double the Dabbers lead.
Halesowen could have been level on 62 minutes when Iyseden Christie fired well over the bar from a free kick, with the experienced striker unmarked in the area.
As the game wore on into the final quarter it looked like it was going to be a midfield battle, the one chance to note of coming from Adam Jones, who had a header which was too high in the air for Mukendi to head home and the Yeltz keeper was in the right place to catch the ball on the line.
Sub Jordan Johnson could have won the game in injury time when he raced away to make it four on one but it was cleared.
The equalizer came in the second of four added minutes when a long throw in from Thomas Tonks found substitute Hull, who managed to bundle the ball into the back of the net much to the disappointment of Nantwich, who deserved to be leaving the Black Country with all three points.
The Dabbers will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome Matlock Town to the Weaver Stadium for a 3pm kick off.
Halesowen Town: Sargeant, Green, Charlton, Turner, Kettle, Tilt (C), Bragoli, Tonks, Christie, Thompson-Brown and Lait.
Sub: Hull (on for Charlton, 77 minutes), Griffiths, Forde (on for Turner, 46 minutes), Mackenzie (on for Bragoli, 46 minutes) and Pearson.
Nantwich Town: Ashley, Brown, White, M.Jones (C), A.Jones, Clayton, Mukendi, Blake, Burns, Harrop and Meaney.
Subs: Bramall, Johnson (on for Harrop, 88 minutes), Callaghan, Scott and King (on Clayton, 79 minutes).
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