Hednesford 1-1 Stocksbridge PS
Pitmen Stay In Mix But Late Goal Hurts
Hednesford Town Assistant Manager Larry Chambers expressed his disappointment at seeing his side, top of the league before kick-off, concede a late Stocksbridge Park Steels equaliser to lose a valuable two points as Jack Muldoon scored a sucker punch counter attacking goal to level proceedings in the eighty-seventh minute.
‘Today was a great opportunity to pick up three home points. We needed another goal which, in fairness, we didn’t look like getting and were punished for it at the end. Bad decisions in the build up to their goal where the ball should have been cleared twice cost us as the goal came from our corner.’
The Pitmen, coming off the back of an astonishing 5-4 derby win against Stafford Rangers on Bank Holiday Monday, were favourites to brush aside the away team in front of a very encouraging gate of 621 at Keys Park.
Muldoon wasted a clear opportunity in the opening five minutes for Stocksbridge as Hednesford’s defence left him free to shoot wide of Dan Crane’s far post.
Hat-trick hero from Monday, Marvin Robinson, looked a threat for The Pitmen as he twice came close to opening the scoring; first heading wide from a Phil Clarke cross and again controlling a flighted ball in from the right-wing back before seeing his shot well smothered by Ben Scott on fifteen minutes.
The away side set up defensively to soak up pressure from the league leaders and then relied on the hold up play by giant striker Brett Lovell to gain a foot hold in the game. In truth, neither side passed the ball well during the first half but it was The Pitmen who could have broke the deadlock when Chris Clements played in Darren Campion, the left wing-back took an extra touch and saw Scott block the ball out for a corner on the stroke of half time.
Hednesford opened the scoring on fifty-nine minutes when a brave pass by Jamey Osborne beat goalkeeper Ben Scott to a through ball and set-up Danny Quinn for an easy finish into the net to send The Pitmen on their way.
However the home side struggled to build on their one-goal lead and Cheyenne Dunkley cleared a Stocksbridge shot off the line to preserve one-goal advantage moving into the final five minutes.
Chris Clements saw his shot scooped away from danger by Scott before, following a Hednesford corner, Stocksbridge counter attacked with gusto, Bailey and Clarke should have cleared their lines, and Muldoon nipped in to finish smartly past Crane to rescue a point for the away side.
Crane, Monteiro, Campion ©, Shaw, Dunkley, Denny, Clarke, Clements, Robinson, Quinn (59) (Dixon 74), Osborne (Bailey 60),
Subs Not Used
Gomes, Grice, Benjamin-McFarlane,
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Scott, Lloyd, Davies (Ward 83), Haigh, Lovell ©, D Riordan, Glarvey, Telling, Muldoon (89), Williams, Adam (Ring 62),
Subs Not Used
Marrison, J Riordan, Thomas,
Bookings – Denny
HT Score 0-0
Entertainment Rating – 2 Stars
Star Man – Phil Clarke
Attendance – 621
Words By Chris Brewerton