DATE  29.10.2016
 
COMPETITION   F.A. Trophy 1st Qualifying Round
 
Stamford  STAMFORD (1) 1
 Sandy (19)
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (1) 4
 Glover (22), (53), Challinor (67) (OG), Singh (69)
 
ATTENDANCE  345
  
MoTM  Danny Glover
 
TOP SCORERS  Glover/Singh (8)
 
FORM GUIDE  D  D  W  L  W  L  W  L  L  W  W
 
EVO-STIK PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE :: 29.10.2016
 
POSITION TEAM PLAYED POINTS
1st Whitby Town 17 34
2nd Blyth Spartans 17 33
3rd Buxton 16 31
4th Rushall Olympic 16 30
5th HEDNESFORD TOWN 17 28
6th Warrington Town 18 26
7th Spennymoor Town 13 25
8th Ashton United 17 25
9th Matlock Town 14 25
10th Mickleover Sports 17 25
11th Nantwich Town 13 22
12th Halesowen Town 15 22
 
  MATCH REPORT
Hednesford moved into the second qualifying round of this season's F.A. Trophy this afternoon, but had to come from behind to defeat Evo-Stik Division One South side Stamford in the process

With the games continuing to come thick and fast for Liam McDonald's side, the Hednesford manager again shuffled his pack and made changes to the side that had beaten Skelmersdale the previous week; in came James Mutton for the injured Lewis Wright, whilst Danny Glover and Joel Logan both started ahead of Ashley Sammons and Jamie Matthews

Stamford - relegated from the Evo-Stik Premier League last season - had one eye on next weekend's big F.A. Cup tie against League Two side Hartlepool United - a welcome break from the struggles in the league, with the Daniels currently occupying a place in the bottom four

Glover looked to get his name on the scoresheet within the first ten minutes, turning the ball just wide of the far post after Tom Thorley's ball to Cohen Bramall allowed the youngster to swing a cross into the far post

The Hednesford striker went even closer to scoring three minutes later, as he poked a close range effort against the crossbar, with Logan putting the rebound wide of goal

Stamford's first meaningful attack of the game saw them take a surprise lead in the nineteenth minute, as a swift counter attack caught the Pitmen out, with Elliot Sandy getting on the end of a flowing move involving Ryan Robbins to slot past Lloyd Ransome from ten yards out

The Daniels did not hold the lead for very long, however, as with their next attack the Pitmen drew level. Gurjit Singh's initial shot was blocked by Chris Salt, whose deflection dropped kindly for Glover, who fired home into the bottom corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season

A rare foray into the Stamford box for Thorley saw the Hednesford skipper comically hit himself in the face as his shot rebounded back at him just inside the home side's penalty area

 Neat, tricky wing play from Logan saw the former Rochdale man make a great run inside two Stamford challenges before firing in a weak shot that was easily saved by Sam Donkin in the Stamford goal

Lee Beeson wasted a good chance for Stamford on thirty nine minutes, firing straight into the wall from the edge of the penalty area after Calum Flanagan had brought down Grant Ryan just outside the box

Singh had more joy with a free kick at the other end three minutes later, firing inches wide of the upright after he had been fouled a foot or so outside the Stamford penalty area

Stamford made a bright start to the second half initially, with Ryan forcing Ransome into a good save two minutes after the restart with a header from Ollie Luto's deep cross

George Carline was unlucky not to extend his recent scoring run on forty eight minutes, as more last-ditch defending from Stamford cleared the midfielder's shot off the line

The Pitmen finally made their superiority count on fifty three minutes, with Glover giving the away side the lead for the first time in the game; a long throw into the box was flicked on by Carline, leaving Glover to tap the loose ball home from close range to move clear as the club's top scorer for the season on eight goals

Donkin had to be alert to deny Maye a third goal for the Pitmen on fifty six minutes, making a fine smothering save to deny the midfielder from long range, then denying Singh with an equally impressive follow-up stop to turn the rebound away for a corner

Glover's game came to an abrupt end on fifty eight minutes, with the striker taken off with an injury. He was replaced by Matthews up front

The home side hit the woodwork on sixty two minutes as they attempted to get themselves back in the game, as Mutton's misdirected header came back off his own post before being picked up by Ransome

The Pitmen appeared to put the game beyond Stamford with a third goal on sixty seven minutes, as the otherwise-excellent Jon Challinor bundled the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear Logan's cross, under pressure from Carline

3-1 became 4-1 within two minutes, as the Pitmen wrapped up their passage into the next round thanks to a neat passing move involving Matthews and Thorley, who played Singh in on goal. The forward sold Donkin a dummy before slotting into the empty net to join Carline and Glover on eight goals for the campaign

 The Pitmen made two swift changes with the game now won, with Sammons coming on for Logan and youngster Myles Phipps handed a first team bow after coming on in place of Singh

Matthews was still searching for his first goal for the club, and that remained so on eighty minutes as he fired over the crossbar from a Carline knockdown

The striker skied another shot wide of goal five minutes later, firing a wayward drive after Thorley's corner made it all the way through to him

 With two minutes remaining, Stamford hit the post for the second time in the game with Jevani Brown hitting a shot against the inside of the post and away from goal

The Pitmen can be pleased with their afternoon's work and safe passage into Monday's draw for the second qualifying round. Monday also sees them back in league action, as they face Sutton Coldfield Town for the second time in a month
 
HEDNESFORD TOWN TEAM
 
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Lloyd Ransome 90  
Michael Williams 90    
Cohen Bramall 90
Simeon Maye 90    
James Mutton 90    
Calum Flanagan 90    
Joel Logan 74 Sammons  
Tom Thorley 90    
Danny Glover 58 Matthews 2
Gurjit Singh 76 Phipps 1
George Carline 90    
SUBSTITUTES
Dan Crane 0    
Jamie Matthews 32 Glover  
Lewis Wright 0
Ashley Sammons 16 Logan
Myles Phipps 14 Singh