BEN Haseley took his hero status at Halesowen Town to new realms this week.

The striker put aside medical advice and turned out for the Yeltz on Saturday at Brigg Town and duly banged home two goals in their 2-2 draw.

Chairman Colin Brookes explained: "Ben went to see a specialist last week over the eye injury he sustained when playing against Kidsgrove on November 5.

"They advised him not to play for a few weeks, but the fact is, Ben has continued training with the side since sustaining the injury.

"But Ben told manager John Hill that he wanted to play at Brigg. I think it was agreed that Ben would be on the bench, but they kept it quiet.

"Then Nigel Penney was forced to drop out at the last minute because of unexpected family commitments.

"Initially John was going to reshuffle the side, but Ben knew the situation and asked if he could start. John agreed and the rest is history".

Despite being held to draw, the Yeltz have now gone five points clear on top of Evo-Stik NLP Division One South, helped by the fact that second placed Leek Town lost 2-0 at Kidsgrove Athletic.

Halesowen have a huge game on their hands this Tuesday night when they host fourth placed Coalville Town at the Grove.

This will be a crucial test of the Yeltz title credentials as Coalville have games in hand on their rivals.

The Yeltz will be looking for plenty of support