Pitmen Surrender Two Goal Lead In Second Half As Corby Storm Through
Hednesford Town suffered FA Cup heartbreak as they let a two-nil first half lead slip from their grasp and saw Corby Town score four unanswered second half goals to dump The Pitmen out of the FA Cup and end an eleven month unbeaten home run.
The home side were absolutely outstanding in the first half and opened the scoring on twenty-six minutes when Chris Clements stroked in a penalty. The Pitmen deservedly took a two goal lead in first half stoppage time as Nick Wellecomme finished confidently from the angle to send Keys Park into the interval in dreamland.
Unfortunately for the underdogs from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division the game unravelled in the second half as Corby Town responded with a strong performance.
Cheyenne Dunkley handled in the area and Matt Rhead scored from the spot on fifty-six minutes, Andy Hall curled in a superb free kick on the hour mark to level the scores and Dunkley saw red for a second yellow three minutes later.
The Pitmen were on the ropes following the red card and a mistake by goalkeeper Dan Crane allowed Rhead to scramble in the third for Corby and Jamey Osborne inexplicably picked up a second yellow for an unnecessary push on Hall with five minutes to go. Hednesford saw their FA Cup dreams slip away as Rhead secured his hat-trick in stoppage time.
Crane, Haynes, Shaw, Monteiro, Dunkley, Denny, Osborne, Clements (26), Wellecomme (45) (Robinson 83), Hay, Campion © (Quinn 71),
Subs Not Used
Gomes, Clarke, Durrell, Danks
Mackenzie, Gordon, McDonald (Rogan 34), Malone, Gulliver ©, Hibbert, Hall (60) (Ozmen 90), Towers, Rhead (56, 66, 90), Smith, Spruce,
Subs Not Used
Dossou, Land, Ives, Fairlamb
Bookings – Campion, Dunkley, Osborne, Bailey, Hall, Hibbert,
Sent Off – Dunkley, Osborne,
Attendance – 602
Star Man – Jay Denny
Entertainment Rating – 5 Stars