Hednesford Town 2-2 Gloucester City

Hednesford Town were denied a return to winning ways following an equaliser two minutes from time by Gloucester City in a game that also saw striker Kyle Perry get off the mark for his new side.

It was a slow start to proceedings with Andy Todd’s cross into the box following a quick free-kick being played into him being the only chance of note in the opening exchanges.

After 21 minutes Todd was in action again as his back post header was cleared by a City defender for a corner.

Seven minutes later Kennedy Digie saw a low effort saved by City goalkeeper Jas Singh before the Pitmen were awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute when Perry was fouled inside the box following a rash challenge from Billy Jones.

After waiting a couple of minutes, the big striker slotted low into the bottom corner of the net despite the best efforts of Singh who got a hand to the ball.

Five minutes into the second period and the visitors were level as Dave Parton and John Disney left the ball for each other, allowing James Bowen to poke it home over the Town keeper and into the net.

The Pitmen responded well though and Sean Williams  picked out Perry from a free-kick in the 58th minute and the forward was able to loop his header home over Singh and into the net.

Ten minutes later Paul Ennis broke clear but with the ball on his left foot and a tight angle on goal, he was unable to get a shot away before City defender Sam Avery got back to make a vital tackle for the visitors.

The game was now end-to-end with both sides forcing corners without really testing the opposing goalkeeper.

Parton was forced into a great reaction save in the 85th minute though as he got down well to turn a well-driven free-kick from Joe Hanks behind for a corner.

Hednesford looked to have finally weathered the storm, but were dealt a blow in the 88th minute when another City corner was this time headed home by striker Joe Parker to bring the scores level.

There would be no late heroics as in the previous home game and the Pitmen had to settle for a draw after being destined for all three points at one stage.

Hednesford now prepare for a trip to Brackley Town on Saturday, a game that will see the Pitmen lock horns with some familiar faces from recent years with the Saints having four ex-Hednesford players in their squad.

Hednesford Town: Parton, Disney, Regan, Bailey, T Williams, Thorley, S Williams, Todd (Modest 83), Perry (Robinson 78), Obeng (Ennis 53), Digie

Subs not used: Trainer, McQuilkin

Gloucester City: Singh, Connolly (Parker 70), Jones, Williams, Avery, Hanks, Liddiard, Webb, Thompson (Anorou 62), Symons, Bowen (Hall 79)

Subs not used: Hamilton, Miller

Attendance: 410

Star Man: Ben Bailey

Entertainment Rating: Two Stars

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