Hednesford Town 1–0 Birmingham City

An 89th minute goal from striker Dan Cockerline saw Hednesford Town defeat Birmingham City to advance into the Third Round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Injuries had taken their toll on Rob Smith’s squad and as such the management team had acted quickly to bring in centre-half Rudy Misambo, who made his full debut, duo Jules Haabo and Jeandy Mavinga who had been drafted into the squad as free agents, while Carter Lycett made a step-up from the academy.

Following an even start to the game it was the Pitmen that would have the first sight of goal when a long booming kick from Josef Bursik in the 15th minute caught out the Blues backline and although Lewis Archer was able to latch onto it, he could only find the side netting.

In the 30th minute Blues’ Kyle Hurst was able to pounce on a loose touch by Misambo and burst towards goal but he wasn’t able to get his effort on target – again finding the side of the goal.

Hednesford were able to force a number of throw-ins and corners, and although there was plenty of ball in the City box they were unable to really test the visiting goalkeeper.

Five minutes before the break Bursik had to react quickly to deny Kyle McFarlane after the striker had broken clear.

HT: 0-0

The start of the second half saw Birmingham’s Under 23 side come out with renewed vigour to try and find a breakthrough and they should really have found it 60 seconds in, only for McFarlane to slip at the crucial moment when he looked to round Bursik.

Geraldo Bajrami then saw an effort go narrowly wide before McFarlane was again in action as he saw an effort blocked away in the 53rd minute.

At the other end Cockerline saw a low shot gathered in the 55th minute before Blues again moved the ball around dangerously on the edge of the Pitmen box on the hour mark.

The closest they would come to a goal would be in the 63rd minute when Olly McCoy saw his headed effort cleared off the line by Nathan Fox after the ball had beaten Bursik.

Josh Andrews would fire over in the 87th minute for Blues before Hednesford would win it late on when Dan Cockerline rose highest inside the visitors’ box to head home via the post – much to the delight of the Keys Park faithful.

Hednesford Town: Bursik, Curley, Fox, Misambo (Howard 55), Gatter, Griffiths (Mavinga 55), Craddock, Fitzpatrick, Cockerline, Archer (Haabo 61), King
Subs not used: Mendez-Jones, Lycett

Birmingham City: Luyambula, Forrest, Bajrami, Redmond, Burke, McCoy, Stirk, McGilp, Hurst (George 85), McFarlane, Andrews (Anderson 85)
Subs not used: Campbell, Dawes, Bradley-Hurst

Attendance: 209

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