Hednesford Town 1-1 Rushall Olympic

The Pitmen welcomed near neighbours Rushall Olympic to Keys Park for the Evo Stik Premier Division clash postponed from Easter Monday due to a water logged pitch.  With  league and Cup victories already in the bag, Hednesford were looking to seal a memorable treble against The Pics, managed by former Pitmen boss Liam McDonald.

A lively opening quarter of an hour from both sides saw the best chances fall to the hosts with in form Danny Glover firing just over from an early corner. A few minutes later Dwyer went to ground following a challenge in the Rushall area, but a penalty was not forthcoming from the referee.

Daniel Waldron looked threatening for the visitors and it was his cross that was contested in the air by Wren and Brodie, with the Pitmen stopper claiming the ball.

Fitzgibbon played a long ball through to Dwyer whose inviting cross brought about an excellent save from Hill preventing Glover’s header from opening the scoring.

The Pitmen had another good shout for a penalty when Lawrie was fouled, but just inches outside of the area. It was Hednesford who would come closest to breaking the deadlock, with Bailey heading just wide from a corner moments before the break.

HT 0-0

The first significant action in the second half saw James Lawrie force a save from Mathew Hill with a smartly struck free kick. Moments later Callam Mendez-Jones drove forward into the Rushall area setting up Glover whose low shot across goal was wide of the upright.

The Pitmen had the momentum and forced a pair of corners. From the second, taken on the right by Lawrie, Reece King headed past Hill into the centre of the goal to give Hednesford a deserved lead in the 57th minute.

Against the run of play a long ball from the the right evaded the Pitmen defence allowing Daniel Waldron to head home at the far post to equalise for the visitors in the 79th minute. A moment later Lewis Archer came close to giving the Pics an unlikely lead, but an acrobatic save from Wren denied him.

The closing stages of the game produced no more clear chances despite being played at a frantic pace, leaving both sides with a share of the points.

Hednesford Town: Wren, Curley, Campion, Bailey, Mendez-Jones, King, Dwyer (Thorley 73) Fitzpatrick (Harris 82), Glover, Lawrie, Fitzgibbon (Butlin 88)
Subs not used: Wheeldon, Veiga

Rushall Olympic : Hill, Webb, Adelekan (Dubidat 67) Smikle, Hull, Whittall, Waldron, Hawker, Brodie (Archer 67) Maye, Singh (Butterfield 67)
Subs not used: Burroughs,  Paisley

Attendance: 229

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