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Christie marks debut with all-important winner as Yeltz see off leaders
Halesowen Town 1, Romulus 0
HALESOWEN picked up their first home points of the season at the expense of early season pacesetters Romulus.
Yeltz boss John Hill pulled off a pre-match coup by bringing in much travelled striker Iyesden Christie.
The 36 year old Coventry based frontman who has plied his trade at a glut of Football League clubs, has been picked up as a free agent this season having most recently featured for Conference Premier side Alfreton Town and locally with Coventry Sphinx.
And it was Christie who came up with the goods, his deft near post flick header from Elliott Turner's 38th minute corner proving the difference between the sides.
In truth, Halesowen should have won by a wider margin.
Roms defender Jordan Fincher produced a goal-line clearence to deny Tom Tonks after just two minutes.
Halesowen hitman Ben Haseley then squandered a glorious opening on 29 minutes when a lovely long ball from full back Kristian Green fell perfectly for the goal ace, who lobbed goalkeeper Matthew Coton only to see his effort strike the post.
Turner then scraped the top of Roms crossbar in the opening minute of the second half before a wasteful Haseley blazed wrecklessly over the crossbar on 57 minutes with only Coton to beat.
Roms rarely threatened until the closing stages when Yeltz goalkeeper Sam Pearson, replacing the injured Paul Evans, was forced to dive bravely at the feet of striker Marcus Brown after Curtis Tilt's attempted backpass fell short.
Apart from that, Roms didn't have a shot on target and hardly looked like a side that had previously picked up 13 points from five starts.
This was also Halesowen's fourth straight win -a sequence they will want to increase this Saturday when they host Midland Combination side Brocton in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round.
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