4:21pm Thursday 29th August 2013
by Nick Pullen HALESOWEN Town’s topsy-turrvy start to the season showed no signs of letting up over the Bank Holiday weekend.
After crashing to a 2-0 home defeat against early season pace-setters Carlton Town, Halesowen hit back to clinch a cracking 3-1 win at Chasetown.
The defeat to Carlton was made worse following an injury to central defender Gavin Winsper within five minutes of the kick-off.
By that stage Halesdowen were already a goal down after former Yeltz player Rueben Wiggins-Thomas had converted from the penalty spot.
Wiggins-Thomas was also on target with another penalty at the start of second-half exchanges after being brought down by defender Adam Meacham who was sent off as a result.
There was no way back for Halesowen from that point.
The trip to Chasetown proved a complete contrast.
Manager John Hill said: “It was a case of putting square pegs into round holes as we had that many players out of position.”
But the moves worked a treat as Halesowen went 3-0 up by half time courtesy of goals from Ben Haseley, new signing from Worcester City Elliott Turner and a Neil McKenzie penalty.
Chasetown didn’t reply until deep into injury time.
Hill added: “It was a decent result considering we’ve had so many injuries and disruption.”
But Hill has no time to dwell on matters as they must face Black Country Rangers this Sunday in the FA Cup. Although Halesowen enter the game as definite favourites, Hill is taking nothing for granted.
He said: “This will be a very difficult tie. I’ve watched Black Country Rangers myself and I’ve had them watched by other people and they are a very good side, which doesn’t surprise me as it’s common knowledge they pay well.
“We will have to be resolute because this is a 100 per cent tough game”.
Hill expects to be without injured central defenders Dan Parker and Gavin Winsper, while ruling out any possibility of bringing in loan players.
He said: “Nobody wants to loan you players for FA Cup games in case they become cup-tied.”
The game takes place at Tividale’s Packwood Road ground (2pm).
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