Hednesford Town 1-0 Witton Albion

A Tyler Weir goal 12 minutes from time saw Hednesford Town claim all three points and with it a move up into the top half of the league table.

Rob Smith’s side came into the game full of confidence having picked up back-to-back league victories during the previous seven days, while they were also boosted by the arrival of three new players in the form of Lewis Collins, Jordan Graham and Joey Butlin.

It was the visitors who almost struck first in just the second minute though when the ball fell to Anthony Gardner but he fired his effort wide from 12 yards.

In the 10th minute another half chance fell the way of Witton but Steven Tames was unable to keep his effort down and it went well over the crossbar.

Two minutes later Edjidja Mbunga did well for the Pitmen as he cut inside before seeing a low effort palmed away by Witton goalkeeper Calvin Hare.

In the 15th minute Albion had the ball in the net but Rob Hopley was deemed to have been offside, and then seven minutes later the striker was denied thanks to a great block from Town’s Jim Mutton.

Mbunga was in the action again in the 37th minute but his cross shot was saved by Hare before Mutton saw an excellent half volley palmed away by the visiting goalkeeper right on the stroke of halftime.

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Hednesford started the second half on the front foot with Tom Thorley seeing a shot deflected wide in the 52nd minute before seeing another effort blocked.

Seven minutes later Mbunga was denied again when a corner into the box found its way to the striker who saw his header cleared off the line.

In the 60th minute a short Pitmen corner saw Thorley cut inside and his stinging effort was turned away by Hare.

Meanwhile at the other end there was little to report with Witton being restricted to one long range effort from Hopley which went well over.

In the 63rd minute Mbunga saw another effort saved before Danny Glover fired the resulting corner over the crossbar.

James Wren, in the Pitmen goal, was almost called into action eight minutes later but the low effort from Will Jones nestled only into the side netting

A good opening arrived for the Pitmen in the 73rd minute when Glover broke forward but just as he went to shoot the ball bounced up off him and the chance was gone.

Hednesford went close again three minutes later only for Jordan Graham to see his deflected effort hit the post with Hare well beaten.

The Pitmen continued to put on the pressure and eventually found a breakthrough in the 78th minute when some great football saw Thorley play the ball into Weir who finished smartly under the advancing goalkeeper.

In the first minute of stoppage time Wren got his fingertips on a Jones shot that went across the Pitmen goal and out for a corner. But although there was some late pressure from the visitors in the end it counted for nothing as Hednesford held on.

Hednesford now turn their attentions towards Tuesday evening’s trip to Halesowen Town.

Hednesford Town: Wren, Melbourne, Weir, Bailey, Mutton, Oji (Fitzpatrick 71), King, Thorley, Glover, Mbunga (Butlin 74), Collins (Graham 61)
Subs not used: Steele, Veiga

Witton Albion: Hare, Gardner, McKenna (Devine 57), Wilson, Brown, Ryan (Jones 50), Foley, Owens, Hopley, Tames (Haywood 67), Williams
Subs not used: Hedley, Reid

Attendance: 457

 

 

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