Hednesford Town 3-0 Sutton Coldfield Town

Rob Smith began his second spell at Hednesford Town with a comfortable victory over Sutton Coldfield Town at Keys Park.

After an even opening to the game the Pitmen broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when Danny Glover played in Luke Rodgers who drove forward before firing home via the post.

Rodgers almost returned the favour to Glover in the 20th minute when he played the ball into the striker but just as he was about to shoot he was crowded out.

The lead would be doubled in the 23rd minute though when James Lawrie did well to set-up Danny Glover and the striker fired the ball into the net from 12 yards.

Although this rocked Sutton, Gurjit Singh broke forward on the half hour mark but saw his effort easily saved by Hednesford goalkeeper James Wren.

In the 37th minute Lawrie saw a strong shot blocked away for a corner and five minutes later Wren was called into action to make a smart save from a long-range effort from Brian Smikle.

His best save would come two minutes before the break when a snapshot from Singh appeared to be heading towards the bottom corner only for Wren to palm it away.

HT:2-0

The start of the second period saw Sutton come onto Hednesford a little bit more but all they could show for their efforts would be a corner which was well defended.

Hednesford would almost add a third goal in the 55th minute though when Tom Thorley lined up a free-kick which was just tipped wide at the near post despite an awkward bounce.

As the second half progressed the Pitmen continued to control things as they looked to keep their unbeaten home record intact.

Although Sutton had the ball down the wings a number of times they failed to test Wren in the Pitmen goal.

In the 77th minute Hednesford created another opening following some good work by Checkaine Steele and Tyler Lyttle but there was no one in the box to finish a fizzed cross in.

Ten minutes from time Ben Bailey was inches away from increasing the lead as he just missed Jordan Fitzpatrick’s deep free-kick.

The home side would add a third goal four minutes from time when Jordan Nadat picked out Tom Thorley to fire the ball into the net from six yards out.

The Pitmen now turn their attentions towards the away game against Coalville Town on Tuesday evening.

Hednesford Town: Wren, Lyttle, Ballinger, Bailey, Oji, Fitzpatrick, Lawrie (Levingston 71), Thorley, Glover, Rodgers (Nadat 46), Martin (Steele 76)
Subs not used: Melbourne, Wright

Sutton Coldfield Town: Springthorpe, Smikle, Kelly (Mason 46), Birch, Morrison-Derbyshire, Barnes, Zazi, Webb, Tudgay, Singh (Lavell-Moore 70), Moseley
Subs not used: Cleet, McMillan, Vincent

Attendance: 410

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