Hednesford Town 2-0 Tamworth

Hednesford Town recorded their first FA Cup victory in three years after defeating Tamworth thanks to two second half goals from Jed Davies and Mike Howard.

The Pitmen once again saw a change in goal with Jonathan Brown coming into the side in the absence of Josef Bursik who was again on international duty with England U19s.

It was Hednesford who started the game the better of the two sides with Joe Fitzpatrick seeing a stinging effort blocked on the edge of the box in the fifth minute.

Although the visitors forced a couple of set pieces it was Rob Smith’s side who had the first effort on target when good work from Fitzpatrick on the left saw him pick out Callam Mendez-Jones and his effort from 15 yards was turned over the crossbar by Jas Singh in the Tamworth goal.

Brown was called into action to save a long-range effort in the 26th minute before Josh Craddock fired a shot well over the goal from the edge of the box ten minutes later.

Tamworth’s best effort of the half came in the 40th minute when Kyle Finn cut inside from the right-hand-side before firing in an effort that fizzed just wide of the Hednesford upright.

Right on the stroke of halftime the Pitmen almost edged ahead when Singh first parried out a looping effort from Fitzpatrick before denying Dan Cockerline with the striker just a matter of yards from goal.

HT: 0-0

The Pitmen would go ahead in the 51st minute though when good work from Matt Curley saw him flight a cross into Cockerline who laid the ball off to Jed Davies, with the midfielder rifling a shot into the roof of the net against his former side.

Three minutes later the visitors were perhaps lucky to not see Regan Upton sent off as he flew into a tackle and followed through on Craddock – but the officials felt that there was enough of a touch on the ball for the challenge to only be deserving of a booking.

In the 65th minute Fitzpatrick saw a corner played short to him with the midfielder having a low effort cleared away from in front of the goal.

The visitors continued to offer little coming forward and Hednesford almost doubled their lead in the 76th minute when a freekick picked out Reece King – with his header being acrobatically volleyed wide by Lewis Archer.

Tamworth started to apply some late pressure as the game edged into stoppage time but it would be the Pitmen that would wrap the game up as Matt Dodd did well down the left wing and he managed to feed Mike Howard with the young loanee firing a low effort into the corner of the net.

Hednesford can now look forward to the Second Qualifying Round draw on Monday lunchtime.

Hednesford Town: Brown, Curley, Fox, Mendez-Jones, Galinski, Griffiths, Fitzpatrick, Craddock, Cockerline (Howard 74), Davies (King 74), Archer (Dodd 83)
Subs not used: Gatter, Grimshaw, Veiga, Hollis

Tamworth: Singh, Wright (Ofori 73), Upton, Green, Kettle, Shaw (Beswick 59), Finn (Dunkley 64), Verma, Waite, Asante, Lait
Subs not used: Jezeph, Thorne, Mpofu, Medford

Attendance: 602

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