Match Preview | Halesowen Town vs Blyth Spartans

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EVO-STIK PREMIER DIVISION
Venue: The Grove, Halesowen (B63 3TB)
Date: Saturday August 20, 2016
Kick Off: 3pm

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ADMISSION
£10 – Adults
£7 – Concession & Students
£3 – under 16s
FREE – under 12s with paying adult

TEAM NEWS
Nathan Buddle begins a three-game suspension for his sending off on the opening day of the season, so either Gavin Caines, Danny Parker or Richard Pell will feature for the first time this season in his absence.

Matthew Wade could also be another to come into the team to allow a better link-up between defence and midfield, while Jarrett Rivers will be hoping to be involved at some point – after making a late cameo during Tuesday night’s defeat at Marine on his way back from injury.

Both Peter Jeffries and Stephen Turnbull suffered injury scares during Tuesday’s game, but the pair came through training unscathed and both are available for selection on Saturday.

Halesowen have just one point from their opening two Evo-Stik Premier Division matches, with a 2-0 opening day defeat against Buxton being followed by a 1-1 draw with Corby Town earlier this week.

DIRECTIONS
– Head southbound down the A1
– Turn off at junction 35 exit for Sheffield/M1
– At roundabout take 3rd exit to Sheffield/M1
– Merge onto M18 and then merge onto M1
– Turn off at junction 23A exit onto A42 for M42/Tamworth/Birmingham
– Continue along M42
– Take the M6 (N) exit for Birmingham (Central, E, N & W)
– Merge onto M6
– At junction 8, exit onto M5 for Birmingham (W&S)/ West Bromwich
– At junction 3, take A456 for Kidderminster
– Take the 3rd exit onto Manor Way/A456
– Next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Grange Road/ A456
– At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Whitehall Road
– Next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Grammar School Lane
– Continue 0.2 miles and the ground is on your left

OPPOSITION MANAGER
John Hill – Joined the club in September 2012 and oversaw Halesowen’s promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division by winning the 2013/14 Division One South title.

Finishing in a respectable 11th place in their first season at this level, Hill then led the club to another mid-table finish – this time 13th – last season.

DANGER MAN
Kaiman Anderson – The Shrewsbury Town striker came back to the Yeltz for a second loan spell this summer and will be looking to rekindle his goalscoring form from last season, as he is yet to score so far this term.

LAST TIME WE MET
Blyth Spartans 0-1 Halesowen Town – Saturday March 12 2016

RECORD AGAINST OPPOSITION
Played – 6
Won – 3
Lost – 2
Drew – 1
Scored – 7
Conceded – 7

MUTUAL FRIENDS
None

OFFICIALS
Referee: Sam Mulhall
Assistants: Simon Richmond and Karl Buckley

Posted by Glen Maxwell