High Praise Indeed From Smith

Ecstatic Hednesford Town manager Rob Smith has heaped praise on his team after The Pitmen thrashed Worksop Town 4-0 last Saturday to cut the deficit at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division to four points.

The Keys Park outfit were humbled by the same score when Worksop visited the Midlands in September but it was the fluid attacking play and the application of the whole Hednesford team which dominated the home side and so impressed Smith.

‘I thought the way the players applied themselves was tremendous. Once we got a foothold in the game after ten minutes, we totally dominated and the pleasing thing was that after half time we never gave them a sniff of getting back into it.’

A goal each from Elliott Durrell and Nathan Woolfe in the first half, another from Durrell and a late fourth by Aaron Rey in the second proved The Pitmen’s superiority and paid The Tigers back for the result earlier in the season but Smith was keen to stress the result had nothing to do with revenge, just a superb team performance.

‘Revenge wasn’t what the day was all about, it was about beating a very good team on their own patch, and it was very pleasing to see everyone perform so well.’

League-leaders North Ferriby were granted a week off with their game away at Whitby Town falling victim to the inclement weather so Hednesford, with two games in hand, have The Villagers firmly in their sights going into this weekend’s home match versus Matlock Town at Keys Park.

However, with the ice and snow putting pay to Tuesday’s Birmingham Senior Cup Quarter Final with Alvechurch and, with temperatures unlikely to rise much above freezing for the rest of the week, Pitmen supporters are advised to keep their eye on www.hednesfordtownfc.com, Twitter and Facebook for updates towards the weekend.

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