Matlock Town 3-2 Hednesford Town

Hednesford Town were left on the wrong end of a five goal thriller in Derbyshire on Tuesday evening after Matlock Town claimed all three points thanks to a winner ten minutes from time.

The Pitmen travelled to Causeway Lane for their first away fixture of the season and made a nervy start with the experienced Shaun Harrad heading a left wing cross past James Wren in the sixth minute to give the home side the lead.

An equaliser would arrive just a matter of minutes later though when an inviting free kick from Kris Taylor was knocked past Phil Barnes in the Matlock goal by Doyle-Charles for an own goal.

The game continued to be an open one and Matlock found themselves back in front in the 23rd minute when Jordan Wheatley was adjudged to have fouled his man and from the resultant penalty Rhys Sharpe duly converted from 12 yards.

Four minutes before the break the Pitmen were level though when following a shot by Matt Dodd being saved, the resulting melee saw the referee award a penalty to the Pitmen which James Lawrie tucked away.

HT: 2-2

The second half would turn out to be a much tighter affair with the ball spending an equal amount of time in both halves of the field.

The lively Matt Dodd was flagged offside in a couple of marginal decisions and a decent appeal for a penalty turned away midway through the half as the result of a burst into the box.

The game would be settled by a piece of individual skill by Harrad though, whose close control in the box allowed him to fire past Wren.

Despite some late pressure from the Pitmen it would yield no further efforts on goal with attentions now turning towards Saturday’s trip north to take on Shaw Lane AFC.

Matlock Town: Barnes, Degirolamo, Green, Doyle-Charles, Yates, Wiley, Bailey-King (Lloyd) Wilson (Blake), Harrad (Newsham), Cribley, Sharpe
Subs not used: Rose, Hakeem

Hednesford Town: Wren, Wheatley (Wright) Ballinger, Bailey, Oji, Taylor, Dodd, Thorley, Nadat (Glover), Smith, Lawrie (Mutton)
Subs not used: Melbourne, Veiga

Attendance: 347

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