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Yeltz There To Be Shot At

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Halesowen Town chairman Colin Brookes says the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club is there to be shot at.

Brookes feels teams are giving an extra ten per cent against the Yeltz who currently sit proudly at the top of the table.

Last Saturday’s trip to Gresley FC was predictably postponed given the weather hitting the country and that means no competitive game for Town in that period.

But ironically teams around them have dropped points so Halesowen’s fate is now in their own hands.

They did, however, manage some action with a 4-1 friendly defeat of neighbours Dudley Town on Monday night, notable for a goal by Chris Lait on his return after four months out.

Brookes said: “You could say we are there on merit now at the top but you are only as good as your last game.”

That game comes on Saturday against a much improved Goole AFC team who have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks.

Manager David Holdsworth left the club after an incident involving club captain Karl Colley and a fan, and was replaced by Curtis Woodhouse.

But that will not be a distraction for Halesowen who are fully focused on the job at hand.

“It’s going to be tough up there,” said Brookes. “But the coach is full and we’ll have a good following. In a way it’s been a frustrating time because our pitch has been playable but we have had a run of four away games.

“At the same time though it’s exciting being around the club and the supporters are coming back with crowds topping 400, we even had just over 100 there on Monday, just for a friendly.”

Tom Tonks is the only player missing for sure at Goole as he is still waiting to serve a one-match ban. Midfielder Aaron Forde is also still to make his debut after joining from league rivals Bedworth United in January.

Neil McKenzie also came through Monday’s game with no adverse effects so manager John Hill will have virtually a full strength squad, bar Tonks, to choose from.

“We are getting to the key part of the season now, we have four home games out of five against the teams around us so it could easily make or break us,” added Brookes.

“But John and his coaching staff have done a remarkable job picking up eight or nine players from local level.”

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