Pitmen Hold Off Chester As Starlet Allen Seals cup victory
Sixteen year-old Amani Allen scored his first ever competitive goal for The Pitmen to seal a victory for Hednesford Town against a Chester side who, had they shown the same calmness and quality of finishing of the young player, would have been in front by half time.
Both sides were reduced to ten men as Wellecomme and George Horan scuffled in the penalty area and saw red for their troubles after twelve minutes.
The Pitmen reacted better to the sending offs and could have scored seconds after the incident as an Elliott Durrell free kick was flicked onto the angle of post and bar by Chris Shaw. The home side hit Chester on the counter attack on nineteen minutes as Durrell advanced determinedly down the right flank and drilled in a cross for Mark Danks to tap into the roof of the net.
Chester controlled possession after the first goal and wasted numerous opportunities as Luke Holden and Iain Howard failed to hit the target when very well placed before deservedly equalising on forty-one minutes when Robert Booth headed over Dan Crane from a corner.
A superb run by Jamey Osborne set up Danks to shoot through Adam Judge just after the interval and despite the away side coming close through the impressive Howard it was left to the exuberance of youth to shine through as Allen skipped past Judge and confidently slotted into an empty net to finish the match.
Crane, Haynes, Shaw, Monteiro ©, Bailey, Grice (Dunkley 61), Osborne, Jevons (Denny 76), Wellecomme, Danks (19) (Allen 79 (90+3)), Durrell,
Subs Not Used
Judge, Baynes, McGinn, Horan ©, Smith, Ormrod, Booth (41), Holt (Grace 75), Ellison, Holden (Miller 56), Howard,
Subs Not Used
Bookings – McGinn
Sent Off – Wellecomme, Horan,
Attendance – 251
Entertainment Rating – 3 Stars
Star Man – Ben Bailey