North Ferriby United 1-1 Hednesford Town

A goal six minutes from time denied Hednesford Town their first three point haul on the road this season as they had to settle for just a single point from their trip to North Ferriby United.

The Pitmen went into the game boosted by having captain Ben Bailey available, despite him having been taken to hospital following the 3-3 midweek draw against Corby Town.

Hednesford were almost undone in just the second minute though, as following a short back pass goalkeeper Dave Parton had to be quick to clear up before Curtis Bateson was left with a simple chance for Ferriby.

The visitors felt they should have been awarded a spot kick in the seventh minute when a long throw into the box from Bailey struck the arm of a home defender, but the officials waved away the appeals.

Five minutes later, a free kick from Parton found Ahmed Obeng and just as the Town striker was about to pull the trigger, defender Ben Middleton got back to turn the ball behind.

The game was very much end-to-end and after Liam King saw a shot saved by Parton in the Town goal, his opposite number, Adam Nicklin, saved easily from Obeng at the other end.

Ten minutes before the break another chance came the Pitmen’s way as Obeng was played in down the right but his cross couldn’t quite fall to Kyle Perry who saw his shot blocked behind for a corner.

It would be the home side that would end the half the stronger though, as first Curtis Tilt managed to nick the ball away from Ryan Kendall just as he was in the process of shooting, before the striker then brought a good save out of Parton 60 seconds later.

Two minutes into the second period Tilt had a chance to add to his two goal tally for this season as a ball into the box found the defender free at the back post, but he blazed his effort over.

After making the better start to the half, the Pitmen’s pressure finally paid off after 59 minutes as a Sean Williams corner was powerfully headed home by Kennedy Digie, his first goal for the club.

Nine minutes later Tom Thorley saw his low effort saved but the goal had spurred Ferriby into action and substitute Danny Emerton had a chance to equalise just before the 70 minute mark as he lobbed Parton, only to see the ball land on top of the net.

Within two minutes another effort from Emerton saw him miss the goal once again when well placed inside the box.

Back came Rob Smith’s side and after Obeng had an effort flash wide of the back post, Bailey did something similar following a whipped ball in from Williams.

They would be made to pay for these missed chances though as in the 84th minute the home side equalised when Tom Denton looped a header into the far corner of the net after being left unmarked.

The home side were now pressing the Hednesford back line at every chance, but to their credit they remained firm throughout the five minutes of stoppage time to earn a point ahead of the visit of FC United of Manchester to Keys Park on Saturday.

North Ferriby United: Nicklin, Middleton, Wilde, King, Palmer, Gray, Clarke (Emerton 61), Fry, Denton, Kendall, Bateson (Davie 76)
Subs not used: Armstrong, Topliss, Nicholson

Hednesford Town: Parton, Todd, Tilt, Bailey, T Williams, Thorley, S Williams, Modest (Ennis 85), Perry (Robinson 55), Obeng (Adams 79), Digie
Subs not used: James, Spencer

Attendance: 274

Star Man: Kennedy Digie

Entertainment Rating: Three stars

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