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Hednesford Town 1-1 Stourbridge

A goal in second half stoppage time saw Hednesford Town claim a point against Stourbridge in this battle between two mid-table teams.

After a scrappy opening to the game, with neither side really taking control, it would be the visitors who would force the first effort on goal in the 12th minute when Leon Broadhurst burst forward from midfield before unleashing a low effort that was superbly saved by Hednesford goalkeeper James Wren.

Seven minutes later Wren was called into action again as Aaron Forde fired in an effort that was turned away.

Although Hednesford saw plenty of the ball they failed to really carve out clear-cut chances that tested Stourbridge goalkeeper Matthew Gould.

The home side saw their injury worries increased once again in the 38th minute when centre-half Sam Oji was forced off with Tom Thorley coming on in his place as an emergency fullback.

In a half which saw little action in it the final chance fell to the visitors but Broadhurst headed his effort well over the bar on the stroke of halftime.

HT: 0-0

A minute into the second half Hednesford broke forward with James Lawrie seeing a shot blocked inside the penalty area before Wren was called into action in the 54th minute as Chris Gallagher saw his shot on target turned away.

Hednesford almost edged ahead in the 59th minute when a freekick from Lawrie was whipped into the box and Callam Mendez-Jones saw his header flash inches wide of the upright.

This would prove crucial as Stourbridge took the lead four minutes later when Nicolae Carnet did well down the right-hand-side and his cross into the penalty area was met by Luke Benbow who planted a header into the corner of the net.

The Pitmen responded well to this setback though and Lawrie saw a shot from the edge of the box deflected and just stopped on the line by Gould before a stinging effort from Danny Glover in the 75th minute saw the goalkeeper making a good low save.

Although Stourbridge looked lively going forward they failed to really plant any blows on the Pitmen backline.

Just when it looked as if they’d done enough to take home all three points Hednesford would equalise in the second minute of stoppage time when Joey Butlin saw his header hit the post before it fell to Glover who took his time before firing into the net.

The home side almost won it soon afterwards as a minute later Mendez-Jones saw a looping header just pushed over the crossbar before from the resulting corner Darren Campion’s effort was cleared off the line.

The Pitmen return home on Tuesday evening when Stoke City visit Keys Park in the semi-final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

Hednesford Town: Wren, Mendez-Jones, Campion, Bailey, Oji (Thorley 38), King (Fitzgibbon 62), Dwyer, Rea, Glover, Fitzpatrick, Lawrie (Butlin 83)

Subs not used: Harris, Gatter

Stourbridge: Gould, Westlake, Birch, McCone, Christophorou, Forde (Shearer 57), Tonks, Broadhurst, Benbow (Hague 83), Gallagher, Carnet

Subs not used: Timmins, Cooke, Hawk

Attendance: 347

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