Hednesford Town secured another pre-season win as Witton Albion were seen off 1-0 but, with the sun shining on Wincham Park, temperatures were certainly raised on the pitch in a match that had a feel of a cup tie rather than a pre-season run out.
Both Hednesford and Witton fielded strong starting elevens with only a handful of trialists named in the respective squads.
With the pitch looking in pristine condition, the game started brightly with Albion’s latest signing, Neville Thompson, causing the Hednesford Town defence a number of problems.
Both teams played some attractive football but neither was able to make the breakthrough and the game was in danger of spilling over with some strong challenges in the first half; the referee having to speak to a number of players at length about their conduct.
The second half saw changes for both teams and those changes eventually paid off for the Pitmen on 78 minutes when great play by Nathan Woolfe on the left, saw him able to get a low cross into the box, finding substitute Charlie Anagho-Ntamark who coolly slotted past an outstretched Mark Cooper.
Witton had an opportunity to grab an equaliser two minutes before the full time whistle, but Anthony Sheehan’s shot was claimed well by Crane in the Hednesford goal.
The Pitmen play their final fixture away to former manager and playing legend Bernie McNally’s Newtown next Saturday before their Skrill North campaign kicks off in earnest with a tricky opening trip to Stalybridge Celtic on August 17th.
Any Hednesford fans interested in travelling to the Keys Park outfit’s first foray at Step 2 of the non league pyramid since 2006 are advised that the Independent Travel Club will be running a coach from Keys Park, leaving at 1100 am, priced at £17 Adults, £14 Concessions.
Please call Ken Leese on 07935 723290 to book a seat.
Crane, Disney, Campion (c), Bailey, Barnes, Taylor, Osborne, Durrell, Harvey, Rogan, MacPherson
Woolfe, Thompson-Brown, Francis, Melbourne, Rey, Anagho-Ntamark (78), Lennon