DATE  18.3.2017
 
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Coalville Town   COALVILLE TOWN (0) 2
 Watson (75) (penalty), Jenno (81)
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (0) 2
Clarke (69), Martin (90)
 
ATTENDANCE  162
  
MoTM  Remeao Hutton
TOP SCORER  Danny Glover (12)
FORM GUIDE  W  L  D  L  L  W  W  L  W  L  D
 
EVO-STIK PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE :: 18.3.2017
 
POSITION TEAM PLAYED POINTS
13th HEDNESFORD TOWN 37 54
14th Ashton United 37 54
15th Stafford Rangers 37 49
16th Mickleover Sports 37 44
17th Coalville Town 38 44
18th Halesowen Town 36 42
19th Marine 38 40
20th Corby Town 39 39
21st Frickley Athletic 39 39
22nd Sutton Coldfield Town 40 37
23rd Ilkeston 35 23
24th Skelmersdale United 38 19
MATCH REPORT
A spectacular late strike from forgotten man Desean Martin rescued a point for the Pitmen this afternoon in their first ever visit to Coalville Town in the Evo-Stik Premier League

Another week of chopping and changing for the club had seen Gary Birch and his management team handed the job of taking the Pitmen to the end of the season on a permanent basis, with Birch dispensing with the services of striker Vinny Mukendi after cancelling the big man's contract by mutual consent. He was also shorn of the services of on-loan defender Nat Brown, with the 35 year-old recalled by parent club Boston after an impressive month's loan at Keys Park. This meant a debut for new signing Joe Ballinger at the heart of the defence, with Remeao Hutton also given a chance to impress on the left wing after Danny Glover was ruled out with injury. Martin - who had spent most of the season out on dual registration deals with the likes of Tipton Town and Walsall Wood - also returned to the squad for the first time since September

Coalville's first ever season at step three had seen Tony Brookbanks' side consolidate and compete well, in spite of some of the smallest crowds in the league and a meagre budget. In Massiah McDonald, Coalville had a man who had had much joy against the Pitmen over the years, playing for the likes of Matlock Town and Worksop Town

On an impressively green surface, both sides stroked the ball around in the early stages without really threatening either goalkeeper. Dan Crane's weak punch from a corner kick on six minutes caused a momentary panic in the defence, before Darren Campion hacked the loose ball clear
 
Crane gave the Pitmen more concerns a few moments later, as he came off worst in a challenge with Alex Dean and required lengthy treatment from Gavin Blackwell before he could continue

The Pitmen were wasteful with their set-pieces once more, as they had done for much of the season, with successive corner kicks from Tom Thorley and George Washbourne failed to clear the first man and was easily cleared from danger

Hutton had started well, playing in a more advanced position than his previous two appearances for the side and using his pace and trickery to good effect as he drifted in from the left wing at will. He created an opening for himself on twenty three minutes, cutting inside and beating two players before firing in a shot that was deflected wide of goal by Danny Jenno

Coalville's first opening of the game came in the thirty first minute, as Lee Torr's pass found Dean, but the midfielder got his shot all wrong and lifted his effort high over the crossbar

Both sides created good openings just before half time, with Hutton involved again as his quick feet got him to the byeline, crossing to the far post and just failing to find the onrushing Thorley, who was arriving unmarked six yards out

With a minute left until the half time break, Coalville should have done better from corner kick as Kyle Bryant lifted his shot over the bar after bringing the ball down inside the penalty area

Both sides upped the ante after the break, with the pace of the game picking up as they looked to take all three points from a marginal game so far

Coalville almost gifted the Pitmen the lead on fifty two minutes, as a cross was nearly turned into his own net by a Ravens defender

Coalville keeper Matt Coton made a straightforward save to deny Hutton on fifty three minutes, making a save low down to his right to deny the winger after he had been played in by Thorley

The ineffective David McDermott was substituted by the Pitmen on sixty two minutes, with new signing George Cater brought on in his place

Lewis Wright - looking more like his former self after recovering from a long-term injury - nearly grabbed his first Hednesford goal on sixty four minutes, as his deep, looping free kick almost caught everyone out as it narrowly missed dropping into the far corner of the net

Coalville thought they had taken the lead on sixty eight minutes, as Torr's low cross was turned in by Nathan Watson, only to be denied a goal by an offside flag on the right hand side

The hosts were made to pay for this marginal decision two minutes later, as a marauding run from Hutton saw the teenager play an inch-perfect ball through to Tony Clarke, who kept his composure well to lob the ball over the head of Coton and into the far corner of the net for his first ever Hednesford goal

However, all of the Pitmen's hard luck was undone six minutes later, as Coalville were awarded a penalty after Cater had been adjudged to have pulled Jenno to the ground in a goalmouth scramble. Watson stepped up to send Crane the wrong way from the spot and equalise for Coalville

The game turned on it's head on eighty one minutes, as the Pitmen's lack of discipline once again was their undoing; a cheaply-given free kick just outside the penalty area gave Jenno the chance to strike at goal, with the defender curling a superb shot around the Hednesford wall and beyond the reach of Crane to put the hosts into the lead

The Pitmen made their second change of the afternoon with six minutes remaining, as Martin returned to the side after his long spell away as he came on in place of the injured McNaught

Clarke somehow failed to put the Pitmen back on level terms with two minutes remaining, as a superb run from man of the match Hutton saw the winger square the ball to Clarke, who was standing barely half a yard from goal. Somehow, the big man failed to find the net, lifting the ball over the crossbar from close range, with the goal gaping. A dreadful miss

Fortunately for Clarke, it wasn't to matter at the end of the game, as the Pitmen did indeed find a leveller in added time - and what a goal it was from Martin; Clarke's header found Martin in space, fully thirty yards from goal, after taking a touch, the midfielder unleashed a brilliant volley over the head of a flailing Coton and into the top corner of the net to make it 2-2 in spectacular style

A point apiece does little to really improve the fortunes of either side, with the Pitmen back in action in just 48 hours time when they face local rivals Halesowen Town in the Evo-Stik Premier League, looking to get back to winning ways at Keys Park
Stuart McNaught watches on  Tom Thorley keeps aon eye on his cross  Remeao Hutton leaves Kyle Bryant on the deck  Goal! Desean Martin receives the plaudits after his late leveller
HEDNESFORD TOWN TEAM
 
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Lewis Wright 90    
Darren Campion 90  
Stuart McNaught 84 Martin  
Dan Brenan 90    
Joe Ballinger 90  
George Washbourne 90    
Tom Thorley 90    
Tony Clarke 90   1
David McDermott 62 Cater  
Remeao Hutton 90    
SUBSTITUTES
Lloyd Ransome 0    
George Cater 27 McDermott  
Bradley Peace-McDonald 0    
Louis Danquah 0  
Desean Martin 6 McNaught 1