Haseley double defeats Yellows

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HUCKNALL Town fell to defeat in joint-managers Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson’s first match as Halesowen Town took all three points.

The defeat kept Hucknall bottom of the table but there were positive signs for the new managers to build on.

The Yellows went close early on when keeper Paul Evans’ clearance hit Alex Ford and went just wide, before Ford then poked another effort at Evans minutes later.

Ben Haseley tested debutant keeper James Spencer at the other end with a header from a free-kick that was straight at the custodian, before Julian Topliss was closest to scoring so far when he was put through on goal but his lob over Evans struck a post.

Topliss then headed Alistair Asher’s free-kick wide, before the hosts went in front when Haseley headed Tom Warmer’s free-kick into the net.

But Hucknall levelled before half-time when the home defence failed to clear and Rob Austin lashed home from the right of the penalty area.

The second-half saw Haseley denied again by Martin and another shot go wide, before Ford also put past the post for Hucknall.

Warren Hatfield then missed a great chance in front of goal for the Yellows although his blushes were saved a little by the fact an offside flag had been raised.

Martin denied Haseley yet again on 71 minutes but the Halesowen man was finally to get his second goal on 74 when he collected a long ball and turned the defence before driving his shot home for the winner.