Hednesford Town 0–0 Bradford Park Avenue

Hednesford Town ended their home campaign with a draw that will be quickly forgotten by all those inside Keys Park, with neither the Pitmen nor Bradford Park Avenue seriously testing the opposing goalkeeper.

The home side made two changes to the team that had defeated Solihull Moors the previous weekend with Jack Truelove and Paul Ennis coming in for Kennedy Digie and Stephane Ngamvoulou.

After a quiet opening it was the visitors who had the first chance when the ball fell at the feet of striker Lamnin Colley inside the penalty area after 14 minutes, but he fired straight at Hednesford’s Lloyd Ransome.

Ennis then blazed well over the bar a minute later when well placed on the edge of the box for the Pitmen.

Luke Woodland fired wide of the target for the visitors after 22 minutes before Dylan Mottley-Henry put his shot into the side netting seven minutes later, from just inside the box.

Ransome was called into action to deal with a speculative effort from Woodland soon afterwards before Hednesford had the last effort of the half when Tom Peers fired a shot in from 30 yards that was easily saved.

The second period was equally as slow to get going and it took until a minute before the hour mark before there was a shot in anger as Hednesford’s Danny Glover saw a free-kick stopped on the line by visiting goalkeeper Ryan Jones.

The home side almost forced the opener after 67 minutes when a corner into the box was headed down by Francino Francis to Jonathan Royle, but his low driven effort inside the penalty area was turned away for another corner.

After 75 minutes Colley saw another tame effort easily kept out by Ransome before the last chance of the game fell to the home side with eight minutes remaining.

A long ball downfield saw Peers race onto it before trying to bring the ball under control, although his first effort was blocked by defender Ryan Qualter the ball fell kindly to the striker again but he fired wide of the post.

A game that had seen nothing in it almost ended on a sour note as in stoppage time there was a coming together of both sets of players after Peers had tripped the advancing Mottley-Henry which saw both players being booked.

Hednesford now head to Nuneaton Town on the last day of the season next Saturday looking to end the campaign on a high note.

Hednesford Town: Ransome, Fitzwater, Truelove (Digie 58), Bailey, Francis, Royle, Thomas, Williams, Glover, Peers, Ennis (Robinson 73)

Subs not used: Crane, Trainer, Cham

Bradford Park Avenue: Jones, King, Gordon, Dean, Wilkinson, Qaulter, Marshall (Chilaka 61), Woodland, Colley (Schofield 83), Mottley-Henry, St Juste (Patterson 67)

Sub not used: Scott

Attendance: 287

Star Man: Jonathan Royle

Entertainment Rating: One Star

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