A goal of the season contender by Neil Harvey, three minutes into the match, set The Pitmen on their way to a confident victory over Blyth Spartans as Hednesford Town moved to within two points of North Ferriby at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.
The game was the Keys Park outfit’s last game in hand on their title rivals and, despite Blyth playing the ball round well in midfield, once Harvey had rounded two Spartans defenders with ease and outrageously chipped Mark Cook, Hednesford always looked likely victors.
It was a strong start by Rob Smith’s team as the lively Michael Lennon and Harvey pulled the away team all around the pitch in the opening 20 minutes.
A second goal wasn’t forthcoming until after the break and not before Hednesford’s drop in intensity had allowed their opponents a foothold in the game, but Kris Taylor calmed the nerves around Keys Park with a deflected left footed free kick on 52 minutes.
Dave MacPherson’s half volley from distance was narrowly deflected over before Elliott Durrell’s long range free kick was spilled by Cook into the path of Lennon who finished well to cap a busy performance with a deserved goal on 63 minutes.
Daniel Maguire lobbed over Crane and over the cross bar when clean through to threaten a consolation goal for the visitors, but The Pitmen secured three points which now puts the ball firmly in North Ferriby’s court ahead of Hednesford’s home fixture against Whitby Town on Saturday.
Crane, Disney, Campion (c), Bailey, Francis, MacPherson, Osborne (Wright 77), Durrell, Harvey (3) (Patterson 66), Lennon (61) (O’Connor 77), Taylor
Subs Not Used
Cook, Slaughter, Kendrick, Mellish (Donnelly 74), Buchanan (c), Turnbull, Mason, Hooks (Bert 69), McGorrigan, Maguire, Dale,
Subs Not Used
Bookings – Buchanan
Star Man – Michael Lennon
Entertainment Rating – 4 Stars
Attendance – 501