Hednesford Town 4-1 Stoke City U21

Hednesford Town rounded off their home pre-season campaign with a convincing victory over a young Stoke City U21 side.

There were three new faces included in the line-up from the side that had faced Wrexham at the weekend with Kennedy Digie arriving on trial from Kidderminster Harriers, Adam Thomas returning following trial spells elsewhere and former Gloucester City striker Nathan Modest starting up front.

It would be Hednesford that would take the lead in the 13th minute when forward Marvin Robinson was brought down inside the box and John Disney stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.

Although the visitors had plenty of the ball they failed to really test Dave Parton in the Town goal, with the back line enjoying a comfortable first half.

In fact it was the Pitmen who almost doubled their lead right on the stroke of half-time as Modest saw his fiercely-struck shot saved by the visiting goalkeeper.

Twelve minutes into the second period it was 2-0 though when Thomas got in behind the back line and his ball across the box found Modest who slotted home from close range.

Hednesford were now well on top and after 62 minutes it was 3-0 when Thomas brilliantly picked out Robinson who looped a header over the keeper and into the net.

Four minutes later the home side added another goal when Thomas himself got on the scoresheet after good hold-up play in the box by Ahmed Obeng.

Although Hednesford continued on the front foot it was the visitors that would grab a final consolation goal some six minutes from time when Tom Shepherd scored after being left free in the box.

Town now head to North Wales on Saturday as they take on Welsh Premier League side Rhyl for their penultimate pre-season fixture.

Hednesford Town: Parton, Disney (Morrison 82), James, Bailey, Williams T, Digie, Thomas (Todd 70), Williams S (Sanders 70), Robinson (Obeng 63), Modest (Ennis 70), Heath (Birch 60)

Sub not used: Tilt

Stoke City U21: Kurasik, Pringle, Barber, Lecygne, Edwards, O’Reilly, Jarvis, Roberts, Shepherd, Waddington, Taylor

Subs: Banks, Moseley, Dryden, Molina, Marques

Attendance: 178

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