12:15pm Thursday 5th September 2013
by Nick Pullen HALESOWEN Town boss John Hill hit out at the strong arm tactics adopted by Black Country Rangers following their FA Cup clash this week.
Although Halesowen won the contest 2-1, Hill was left counting the cost of an increasing injury list after Jean-Michel Gueyes limped off early in the first half after being the victim of a reckless challenge.
Hill revealed: “The referee apologised to me afterwards for the tackle on him, which I thought was dreadful.
“Looking back, I was grateful to come away with only one injury in the end.
“Jean-Michel couldn’t train this week and looks as though he’ll miss the trip to Bedworth United on Saturday along with Kyle Brady, Gavin Winsper and Dan Parker.
“It was a stop-start game against Black Country, because everytime one of our players got on the ball he got clobbered, consequently we couldn’t get any rhythm going.
“I knew they would come at us hard for the first 15 to 20 minutes, but after that we took charge and should have gone in 3-0 up at half time.
“In the second half, I thought we were terrible. We’re still putting square pegs into round holes and I was just happy to get the game over and done with in the end. You’ll always get an honest assessment from me and the fact is, I didn’t think we played well at all, but we got through and that was the most important thing, because Halesowen Town haven’t had a good FA Cup run for quite a while.”
Halesowen will now host Midland Combination side Brocton in the 1st Qualifying Round on September 14.
Hill said: “I’ve had Brocton watched against Atherstone this week and I’ll have them watched again against Lichfield City on Saturday.
“They’re a decent side, flying in their league at the moment, unbeaten and top of the table, so it won’t be an easy game.”
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