10:42am Thursday 12th September 2013
HALESOWEN Town boss John Hill pulled a rabbit out of the hat this week when he signed much-travelled striker Iyesden Christie.
The move worked a treat as Christie, inset, converted the only goal as Halesowen beat early season leaders Romulus 1-0.
Christie, who can name the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town, Leyton Orient, Rochdale, and Torquay United among his former clubs, arrived at Halesowen as a free agent.
The 36-year-old hitman has most recently featured for Conference Prermier side Tamworth and hometown club Coventry Sphinx but opted to join the Yeltz owing to his friendship with Halesowen midfield man Neil McKenzie, the pair having played together at Tamworth and Mansfield.
Hill said: “Neil was the link and he did most of the groundwork. I didn’t want to broadcast my interest in case the vultures began circling. He’ll be a major asset at Halesowen and he’s here to stay.
“At 36, he’s no spring chicken, but we’ve got a lot of young legs in the side. Iyesden brings other qualities.”
Hill rated the win over Romulus as Halesowen’s best display of the season following last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bedworth United where Ben Haseley bagged the all-important goal.
Halesowen now turn their attention to some long awaited FA Cup success when they entertain Brocton from the Midland Combination at The Grove this Saturday.
Hill takes nothing for granted and added: “It’s a very tricky tie. Brocton are top of their league having won every game they’ve played this season and they are used to winning.
“I’ve had them watched twice and I know the importance of what this game means and what it could lead to.
“A good FA Cup run can bring clubs a feel-good factor, revenue and more support.
“When I was manager at Tipton Town, we reached the first round proper and played Carlisle United. They were special days that you always remember.”
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