Hednesford Town 2-0 Matlock Town
Hednesford Town were able to continue their unbeaten run in pre-season following another victory at Keys Park, with Matlock Town becoming the latest side to be defeated by Rob Smith’s team.
This game saw Hednesford passing the halfway point of their friendly campaign and with the side starting to have more of a settled look to it they once again started strongly. In fact the Pitmen almost went ahead in the 10th minute when Kris Taylor saw his left-footed free kick strike the upright and rebound away to safety.
Meanwhile, at the other end Matlock appealed in vain for a penalty as the ball appeared to strike the arm of Francino Francis.
But it was the home side that took the lead just before the 30 minute mark, when Francis headed home powerfully from a corner.
It became 2-0 five minutes before the half-time whistle when Elliott Durrell curled home a delightful free kick from 25 yards out, giving Matlock goalkeeper Jon Kennedy no chance as the ball sailed into the top corner.
The second period saw Hednesford force a number of corners and free kicks, all of which they were unable to take advantage of, whilst they were rarely threatened at the other end. As with all pre-season matches the game saw a plethora of substitutions as the game wore on and this ultimately slowed the pace down.
In the end the two first half goals would be enough for Hednesford as they look to continue their good run when Rushall Olympic visit Keys Park on Saturday 27th July, 3pm kick-off.
Hednesford Town: Mitchell, Melbourne, Campion (Disney 54), Bailey, Francis (Barnes 65), Taylor, Osborne (Anagho-Ntamark 76), Durrell (Woolfe 60), Harvey, Rey (Thompson-Brown 56), Macpherson
Matlock Town: Kennedy, Yates, Leesley, Foster, Haggerty, Radford, Gregory, Davies, Richiardi, McMahon, White
Subs: Ashmore, Needham, Griffiths-Junior, Snodin, Gaughan
Official Att: 221