Solihull Moors 1-2 Hednesford Town

Hednesford Town turned into party poopers as they kept alive their faint hopes of survival by defeating National League North champions Solihull Moors on their own patch.

Under the guidance of Kyle Patterson the Pitmen made two changes to the side that had lost against Worcester City, with Lloyd Ransome coming in for the injured Dan Crane and Jack Fitzwater returning for Jack Truelove.

It was the visitors who started on the front foot and after forcing four corners and seeing efforts from Ben Bailey and Stephane Ngamvoulou saved they took the lead in the 16th minute.

Adam Thomas was able to cut in from the right-hand side and after seeing his first effort blocked, his second strike found the bottom corner of the net from just inside the box.

Two minutes later Ransome was called into action as Akwasi Asante broke clear but as he went to round the goalkeeper the stopper managed to get a big hand on the ball to prevent the home striker from levelling the scores.

After forcing another corner in the 27th minute Town almost scored a second when the ball was cleared as far as Fitzwater who played it back in with interest to Jonathan Royle at the back post, but his sliding effort went into the side netting.

Hednesford should really have doubled the lead on the half hour mark when Glover played a neat one-two with Tom Peers but Solihull goalkeeper Danny Lewis got down superbly to deny the striker.

Ten minutes before the break a combination of Ransome and the defensive back line were on hand to snuff out another chance for Asante to see the Pitmen lead at the break.

Five minutes into the second half the Pitmen were able to double their lead when Sean Williams played a ball into the box and Danny Glover was able to force it home at the back post for his first goal since returning to the club.

Solihull almost found a way back into the game in the 53rd minute as Stefan Moore created room inside the box but Ransome was on hand to deny him.

Two minutes later Thomas saw an effort palmed away by Lewis before Glover flashed a header wide from a corner in the 74th minute as the Pitmen pushed for a third.

Ten minutes from time Steven Leslie went close for the home side as his shot from the edge of the box curled just wide of the upright before seeing another effort go harmlessly wide of the post.

Just when it looked as if Hednesford would see out the game with a clean sheet the home side reduced the arears in the third minute of stoppage time when Darren Byfield fired past Ransome after finding the ball fall at his feet 12 yards out.

Hednesford must now hope that midweek results involving sides just above them in the table go their way as they prepare for the visit of Bradford Park Avenue to Keys Park next Saturday.

Solihull Moors: Lewis, English, Gough, Daly (Bignot 46), Streete, Cowan, Asante (Byfield 68), Armson, Brown, Walker (Leslie 46), Moore

Subs not used: Franklin, Acton

Hednesford Town: Ransome, Thomas (Cham 81), Fitzwater, Bailey, Francis, Digie, Williams, Royle, Glover (Trainer 87), Ngamvoulou (Ennis 68), Peers

Subs not used: Crane, Robinson Match Report v Solihull A  FV

Attendance: 975

Star Man: Adam Thomas

Entertainment Rating: Four Stars

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