Match Preview - Stourbridge v Halesowen Town

Match Preview - Stourbridge v Halesowen Town

By Nigel Gregg
11th February
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Stourbridge continue their defence of the Birmingham Senior Cup tonight (7.45 pm) with a home quarter-final tie against HALESOWEN. (READ ON)


MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY - 7.45 pm
Stourbridge v Halesowen Town
Birmingham Senior Cup - Quarter-Final

* Note - kick-off is the usual 7.45 pm, rather than the 7.30 pm that shows on the match posters outside the ground.

Stourbridge welcome HALESOWEN TOWN to the War Memorial Athletic Ground on Monday night for a third meeting between the sides this season. Up for grabs is a place in the last four with a home semi-final tie against Nuneaton Borough awaiting the winners.
If scores are level after 90 minutes, there is NO extra-time. The tie will go straight to a penalty shoot-out.

Our usual admission prices will apply on Monday night -
Admission prices are -
Adults.........................................................£10
Senior Citizens (65 and over)...................£7
13-18 year olds..........................................£5
Under 13s...................................................FREE
(when accompanied by a paying adult or senior citizen)

NOTE - Season tickets, flexi-tickets and other passes are NOT VALID for this game. It is ALL PAY.

An additional catering van will be on site on Monday night and will be in operation along with the Cabin behind the Church End goal.

Supporters are advised that at least the front two rows of tip-up seats in centre block of the middle stand are reserved for home and visiting directors and officials. These seats are marked accordingly.

The match programme will be on sale from the Club Shop or the Programme Hut located adjacent to the Church End (Bottom driveway) turnstiles. It costs £2-50. It is a 52-page double issue as it also covered Saturday's home game with Biggleswade.

The Club Shop is located in the foyer area of the Glassboys Bar, adjacent to the main car park and sells a range of club merchandise and leisurewear. Scarves, lapel badges, mugs and key-rings are all available to purchase.

Don't forget that a sale of surplus Development Centre stock is currently taking place.
More information can be found via -
http://www.stourbridgefc.com/news/development-centre-sales-of-surplus-training-kit-2394338.html

More matchday information, which may be of particular help to visiting supporters and/or first-time visitors can be viewed at the following link -

http://www.stourbridgefc.com/a/matchday-information-for-spectators-44662.html

MATCH PREVIEW

Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett will have been pleased to see his charges end their three-match losing streak with a hard fought win over fellow promotion chasers Biggleswade Town. The Bedfordshire side were undone by two set-piece goals, including another Benbow 'special' from just outside the box!

Goalkeeper Niall Maher is added to the 16-man squad named against Biggleswade last Saturday.

Stourbridge lifted the Birmingham Senior Cup trophy last May with a 2 - 1 win over Hednesford Town at St Andrew's. The Pitmen were, of course, managed by Rob Smith and Larry Chambers, who will be in the Halesowen dug-out on Monday night. The Glassboys run to the Final included a First Round penalty shoot-out win over the Yeltz. A crowd of 855 saw the two sides play out a 1 - 1 draw with sub Alex Cameron scoring for the hosts before Stourbridge won 5 - 4 on penalties.

Halesowen remain in the relegation places in the Premier Division Central, but the Yeltz have put together a four-match unbeaten run that suggests that they could yet pull themselves to safety.

A 1 - 1 draw at home to St Ives Town was followed by another 1 - 1 draw at Barwell. They then battled to a 1 - 0 win over Royston Town at the start of February with ex-Glassboy Kieran Morris netting a late winner before following that up with yet another 1 - 1 draw away to Needham Market on Saturday.

Boss Rob Smith will have to make changes to his side at Stourbridge, however, as several of their recent signings are cup-tied. Mattias Curley, Sam Griffiths, Joe Fitzpatrick (Hednesford), loanee Dan Sweeney (Solihull) and new arrival Jack Till (Lye Town) have already featured in this season's competition for their previous clubs.

Stourbridge, as holders, had a first round bye this season before defeating MFL Premier side Romulus FC 3 - 1 at the start of December.

The Yeltz beat a young Wolverhampton Wanderers side 3 - 0 in the opening round before making it through to the last eight with a penalty shoot-out win over Tamworth after a goal-less 90 minutes at the Lamb Ground.

The two league contests this season saw Halesowen hold Stourbridge to a 1 - 1 draw at the War Memorial Athletic Ground back in August, but the Glassboys ran out 3 - 0 victors at the Grove on Boxing Day.

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