DATE  4.3.2017
 
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
 
Frickley Athletic   FRICKLEY ATHLETIC (0) 0
 
Hednesford Town HEDNESFORD TOWN (0) 1
Glover (89)
 
ATTENDANCE  286
  
MoTM  Nat Brown
TOP SCORER  Danny Glover (12)
FORM GUIDE  L  L  W  L  D  L  L  W  W  L  W
 
EVO-STIK PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE :: 4.3.2017
 
POSITION TEAM PLAYED POINTS
1st Blyth Spartans 35 74
2nd Stourbridge 35 64
3rd Nantwich Town 34 62
4th Buxton 34 60
5th Spennymoor Town 32 57
6th Grantham Town 37 57
7th Matlock Town 34 57
8th Warrington Town 36 56
9th Whitby Town 34 56
10th Workington 35 55
11th HEDNESFORD TOWN 35 53
12th Rushall Olympic 33 53
  MATCH REPORT
The Pitmen get themselves back to winning ways this afternoon, as they edge a poor game courtesy of Danny Glover's late, late goal at Westfield Lane

Last week's 2-1 reverse to Nantwich Town had checked the Pitmen's progress after successive wins over Skelmersdale United and Ilkeston. The caretaker management side stuck broadly with the same side that had been beaten by the play-off chasing Dabbers, with only Vinny Mukendi returning to the side in place of Tony Clarke and Darren Campion well enough to take his place at left back at the expense of Callum Roberts

Frickley - well beaten at Keys Park back in October - have been in and around the relegation places for much of the season, although a decent run of form recently has seen Lee Morris's men win three and draw one of their last four, lifting them to eighteenth place in the table ahead of kick off

George Washbourne was first to make light of the bumpy underfoot conditions in the second minute , bravely winning the ball twice before driving forwards and firing in a low shot that was diverted away from goal for a Hednesford corner kick

Neither side was able to settle in the opening ten minutes, in what was a poor spectacle for step three football over the ninety minutes. A marauding run from Kyle Haynes on twelve minutes saw the right back send over a deep cross for Mukendi, who failed to make a clean contact with his header and headed wide of goal

Frickley responded will a header well wide of goal from Ross Barrows on seventeen minutes, before Dan Crane was called upon to make his first save of the afternoon on twenty two minutes; neat build-up play from Luke Mangham played Joe Pugh in on goal, with Crane making a fine stop with his legs to deny Pugh the opening goal

A minute later, Frickley really should have been in front, but were denied through a combination of Crane and Washbourne. A through ball from Jack Burton caught the Pitmen cold down the left, finding Noel Burdett free to run in goal. Crane did brilliantly to parry the striker's shot, but only succeeded in playing the ball straight to Pugh, whose rebounded shot was somehow acrobatically cleared off the line by Washbourne, who had followed the ball back into his penalty area

The Pitmen were struggling to put together any real play of note, although the partnership of Nat Brown and Dan Brenan was starting to bear fruit with an impressive display from the pair, aided by the enthusiastic running of the two full backs

Mangham was involved once more on twenty eight minutes, getting on the end of a deep cross from the left but firing high over Crane's crossbar

Tom Thorley - who has recently found his scoring touch with three goals in the last month - tried his luck on the half hour mark, driving in a shot that was deflected behind by Reece Fielding

Danny Glover had cut a frustrated figure so far, with opportunities limited for Hednesford's top scorer against a resolute Frickley defence. he was limited to long range shots in the first half, firing in a weak effort that was easily saved by Josh Diggles in the Frickley goal

Glover turned provider for striker partner Mukendi   two minutes later, getting down the right wing before sending over a deep ball that Mukendi headed straight into the hands of Diggles

Glover lifted a free kick over the Frickley wall with the final action of the first half, but his effort lacked power and was easily claimed by Diggles on his goal line

Mukendi's second half started with a literal bang, as the big striker required a lengthy spell of attention just after the restart after a nasty clash of heads with Fielding. Despite coming off worst, Mukendi was subsequently booked for his part in the clash

A quick break from Frickley on fifty four minutes saw Pugh break clear and play in strike partner Burdett, but his low drive across goal was a few feet wide of the far post as Crane watched it sail by

With twenty minutes remaining, Mukendi was replaced by Clarke as the Pitmen looked to add more muscle to their attack

Glover was within a whisker of giving the Pitmen the lead a minute later, as he raced in on goal to get to a through ball, but was just beaten to the loose ball by Diggles, who had advanced to the edge of his penalty area to deny the eleven goal Glover

Crane and Washbourne again combined to keep the hosts out on seventy seven minutes, as Crane saved from Pugh and Washbourne deflected the striker's rebound away for a Frickley corner kick

Crane was to breathe a sigh of relief on seventy eight minutes, as he was only shown a yellow card for clattering Mangham just outside the penalty area after the Frickley man had beaten him to the loose ball. However, with the ball going wide and Brenan covering Crane, it was deemed a foul and no more, meaning Crane avoided the fate that befell him in 2012 when the Pitmen last visited Frickley - a red card for a foul outside his penalty area

the game entered the last ten minutes with the feeling that both teams seemed acceptant of the point apiece. Lewis Wright came on with eight minutes remaining as he continue his long road back to full fitness, replacing Haynes in a like-for-like swap at right back

The Pitmen forced a number of corner kicks as the game ticked into the final moments, but poor delivery from both sides of the pitch saw Frickley easily field the threat and clear their lines

Then, in the final minute of normal time, the game crackled into life for the visitors, as a ball through to Stuart McNaught saw the midfielder slip the ball through to Glover, via deflection off a Frickley defender. Glover steadied himself before unleashing a left-footed half volley past Diggles and into the net from the edge of the penalty area to give the Pitmen a scarcely-deserved lead

The five minutes of added time were well played out by the Pitmen, with Clarke using his strength well to hold the ball up in key areas and frustrate the hosts

Three wins in four games lifts the Pitmen back to the fringes of the top ten, only four points off Spennymoor Town in that coveted fifth place. Monday night's game with Ilkeston will be a great chance for the Pitmen to extend their recent good run after last week's 2-0 win over the same side at the new Manor Ground. More severe tests follow next weekend when play-off chasers Workington come to Keys Park
David McDermott swings a cross in  Kyle Haynes in action  Skipper Tom Thorley watches on  Stuart McNaught and Dan Brenan in defence
HEDNESFORD TOWN TEAM
 
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Kyle Haynes 82 Wright  
Darren Campion 90  
Stuart McNaught 90    
Nat Brown 90    
Dan Brenan 90  
George Washbourne 90    
Tom Thorley 90    
Danny Glover 90   1
Vinny Mukendi 70 Clarke  
David McDermott 90    
SUBSTITUTES
Lloyd Ransome 0    
Tony Clarke 20 Mukendi  
Lewis Wright 8 Haynes  
Remeao Hutton 0  
Ryan Nesbitt 0