Hednesford Town 1-1 Coalville Town

A goal in second half stoppage time from Hednesford Town’s James Lawrie saw The Pitmen earn a point against Coalville Town as manager Rob Smith celebrated his 300th game in-charge.

The game got off to a lively start with Hednesford just about clearing their lines in the second minute before they broke and James Lawrie saw his shot turned over the crossbar by Coalville goalkeeper Matthew Coton.

The visitors did have the ball in the back of the net in the 10th minute but Nathan Watson’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Sam Oji made a fine tackle seven minutes later to deny Tom McGlinchey before a number of set pieces dominated proceedings at both ends of the pitch.

In the 41st minute Jermaine Hollis broke into the Hednesford penalty area but his first time effort flashed wide of the goal at the near post.

HT:0-0

Although both sides forced more set pieces at the start of the second half there was little in the way of actual goalmouth action.

Hednesford did have a let off in the 58th minute though when Oji’s back header was short and although Hollis was able to lift his shot over Wren, who had raced out from his goal, his effort drifted wide of the unguarded net.

The visitors got in again in the 71st minute as McGlinchey broke down the wing but there was no-one on hand to take advantage of his whipped ball across the front of the Pitmen’s goal.

Wren was called into action three minutes later as he made a comfortable save from McGlinchey.

It would be the visitors who would strike first though in the 76th minute when a cross into the Hednesford box was flicked on by Watson who saw his effort nestle into the far corner of the net.

Ten minutes from time Hednesford shot stopper Wren made two smart saves to deny Hollis and then Watson as Coalville looked to add a second goal to their tally.

Hednesford continued to probe with James Fitzgibbon firing in a shot which was turned away by Coton before Reece King saw a header saved at the near post in the 87th minute.

As the game entered the first minute of stoppage time the Pitmen finally drew themselves level with Jordan Graham doing well to hold the ball up and his blocked shot found James Lawrie who fired in a low shot that found the bottom corner.

The Pitmen now have a week to rest up and prepare for a trip to fellow play-off chasing side Warrington Town on Saturday.

Hednesford Town: Wren, Mendez-Jones, Curley, Fitzpatrick (King 64), Oji, Gatter, Graham, Thorley, Glover (Harris 81), Lawrie, Fitzgibbon
Subs not used: Mutton, Bailey, Veiga

Coalville Town: Coton, Taylor, Bryant, Jenno, Torr, Towers, McGlinchey, Hollis, Creaney, Watson (Anderson 87), Howes (Dean 73)
Subs not used: Dixon, Carvell, Hannis

Attendance: 398

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