Following Hednesford Town’s 3-1 victory against Chorley on Saturday, manager Rob Smith put the result down to a meeting at training where the squad gave an honest appraisal of their surprise 4-3 defeat against Rushall on New Year’s Day.
The Pitmen were leading 3-1 against their local rivals only to concede three goals without reply to surrender a comfortable looking victory but Smith was impressed with how his team saw out the win against Chorley.
‘We had a long meeting on Thursday about where we went wrong against Rushall and in general about how to win games after going ahead. We took the lead against Chorley and this time our approach was different. What pleased me most was that we learnt from New Year’s Day and the lads produced a reaction.’
The strike partnership of Aaron Rey and Neil Harvey looked impressive for The Pitmen but it will be Harvey’s opening goal which will live in the memory for those at Keys Park, including Smith, as Harvey hid behind Jack Cudworth and, as the goalkeeper dropped the ball, the former Marine striker nipped in and ‘strolled’ the ball into the net.
‘You don’t see those sorts of goals very often but I was obviously pleased, it’s nice to see your strikers so mentally sharp.’
The Pitmen travel to Worksop Town this coming Saturday lying in second place, seven points behind North Ferriby, and will be looking to avenge a comprehensive 4-0 victory their hosts secured earlier in the season.
The Nottinghamshire outfit are ensconced in the play-off places, albeit some ten points behind The Pitmen, and will no doubt prove a tough test at home with a record that has seen Worksop win seven out of 11 games this season and also hold the title as the leagues highest scorers.
The Travel Club are running a coach to Saturday’s game for any supporters keen to beat the January blues with a day out to watch a Pitmen side who have lost only once on the road all season.
Any fan wanting to book a place on the coach is asked to contact Ken Leese on 07935 723290. Prices are £16.50 – Adults, £12.50 – Concessions and the departure time is 10.45am.