Hednesford Town recorded their fifth win of their pre-season campaign with a narrow victory against local rivals and Northern Premier League Division One South outfit Chasetown.
Hednesford trialist Nick Rogan was given another opportunity to impress following his debut on Saturday against Rushall Olympic and could have scored on three occasions in the first half, testing Ryan Price twice before unluckily steering a sumptuous Nathan Woolfe cross straight into the arms of the goalkeeper on the stroke of half time in the best move of the initial 45 minutes.
Theo Robinson had the away side’s best chance on 23 minutes when he wriggled past two challenges and forced Liam Mitchell into a close range block.
In truth, both teams struggled for rhythm throughout but after Woolfe fired over and Aaron Rey shot into the side netting the breakthrough came with 16 minutes to go.
Jamey Osborne, having one of his quieter games, suddenly burst into life and ran with real purpose beyond three tackles. The midfielder laid a well judged pass into the path of Neil Harvey who forced Price into a fantastic save but, as the rebound cannoned towards ex-Pitman Louis Keenan, the defender unluckily finished brilliantly into his own net with a diving header.
The game was Hednesford’s final fixture at Keys Park before they kick off their league season against Stalybridge Celtic as The Pitmen travel to Witton Albion on Saturday, kick off 3pm, and make the journey west to face Welsh side Newtown on Saturday August 10th.
Mitchell, Melbourne, Campion (c) (Disney 45), Bailey, Francis, Taylor, Osborne (Thompson – Brown 73), Durrell, Rogan (Lennon 84), Rey (Harvey 64), Woolfe,
Subs Not Used
Price, Forde, Keenan (74 og), Salter, Beckett, Teesdale, Westwood, Bragoli, Wellecomme, Hay, Robinson,
Butler, Downing, Robinson, Meet, Smith,
Official Attendance 283