Hednesford Town began their preparations for the new season with a comfortable 5-2 victory over Midland Alliance outfit AFC Wulfrunians on a balmy evening in leafy Wolverhampton.
First half goals from Neil Harvey, Jamey Osborne, Charlie Anagho-Ntamark and an Elliott Durrell penalty cancelled out an early Wulfrunians opener by James Webb to make the score 4-1 at half time.
The Pitmen starting line up had a familiar feel as the majority of the players who were involved in Rob Smith’s successful promotion campaign started the game and, despite the early setback, the away side looked comfortable on the ball on a pristine playing surface with Dave MacPherson his usual combative self in midfield.
The second period saw trialists Robbie Thompson-Brown, Simon Johnson, Kristian Green and goalkeeper Scott Plumpton make their Pitmen debuts as Wulfrunians gallantly fought against a Hednesford side slightly disjointed due to the substitutions but still a marked class above their opponents.
Jake Bunn reduced the arrears for the home side before Durrell finished confidently past the goalkeeper to wrap up what was a useful first run out for his team with five minutes to go.
The Pitmen welcome Sutton Coldfield Town to Keys Park this Saturday for their first home game of the campaign, kick off 3pm, with Kris Taylor, Michael Lennon and John Disney expected to be involved after missing yesterday’s fixture as Rob Smith continues to survey his options ahead of the start of his side’s Conference North sojourn in a little over a month’s time.
Crane (Plumpton 53), Melbourne, Campion (c), Barnes (Bailey 45), Francis, MacPherson, Osborne (21) (Green 53), Durrell (38 pen, 85), Harvey (19) (Rey 45), Anagho-Ntamark (35) (Johnson 53), Woolfe (Thompson-Brown 53)