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Troke's Double Sees United Record Third League Win

By Russ Watkin

Greenbacks come from behind to early goal to gain hard earned victory..

A shocked Bedworth side having gone behind from the kick off rallied to ease to a 1-3 win at The Grove today, with some of the healthy 502 crowd still coming through the turnstiles The Yeltz took a very early lead in this bottom of the table clash, a slick through ball saw Molyneux get away from United's Harris to stride clear and smash a powerful angled shot wide of Fogg and into the net and give Halesowen the lead after 48 seconds.
From the restart United were close to drawing level a great strike from Troke was tipped over by Platt in the Halesowen goal, then Harris tried his luck from 25-yards, his effort going high over the bar, a third quick chance fell to Noon who shot straight at Platt.
Bedworth had responded well to the early setback and the home side rarely threatened the United box, the closest they came to adding to their lead was when Molyneux clipped a rising shot feet over the bar from 18-yards after half-an-hour.
The Greenbacks equalised after 38 minutes, with Rowley forcing a hurried clearance from the home defence, the ball ran out to Troke who placed his angled shot wide of Platt to get a deserved equaliser.
Steele could have done better three minutes later when he rushed his shot and saw his effort go wide. (HT 1-1)
United start brightly in the second period with two corners and lots of forward play but no further addition to their only goal, the home side's best chance was created after 68 minutes, a deep cross saw Griffiths somehow miss the target with a header from 7-yards out.
Having created space Steele fired into the hands of Platt, his shot lacking in power, but then Bedworth went ahead, substitute Collins was pushed over in the box when driving in on goal and a penalty was awarded.
After a short delay up stepped Troke to send Platt the wrong way and hammer the spot-kick home to give United a 1-2 lead.
With 15 minutes left Bedworth kept breaking the play up as Halesowen pushed for an equaliser and a frustrated home crowd voiced their dismay, as the clock ticked on to 90 minutes United put the game to bed, a rushed back-pass to Platt in the home goal saw the keeper miss-control the ball, an alert Steele robbed the No1 and he rolled the ball into the empty net, a good finish from a tight angle.
A Bedworth side down to the bare bones had worked tirelessly to gain a great win and add further pressure onto Halesowen and their own relegation battle.

Updated 20:34 - 6 Apr 2019 by Russ Watkin

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