Hednesford Town failed to continue their perfect start to the season as The Pitmen were pegged back in the second half but ten points from the opening four games has still undoubtedly left players and supporters alike believing another famous season for the Keys Park outfit could be in the offing.
Worcester City, now plying their trade at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough home, started the brighter of the two teams and opened the scoring within two minutes when Daniel Nti was given too much space the area and swept the ball home.
The Pitmen struggled in the first 20 minutes against a lively Worcester attack with Nti testing Dan Crane from distance with a low shot, while Danny Glover’s half-volley also forced the Hednesford goalkeeper into action.
The equaliser came largely against the run of play but the goal was down to the most fluid move of the game as Elliott Durrell ran purposefully towards the Worcester defence and played in Wayne Riley with a perfectly judged slide-rule pass. The former Airbus UK striker calmly rounded Jose Veiga and finished into the open net to restore parity.
Durrell’s superb free kick was headed narrowly over by Francino Francis two minutes before the break and Veiga was forced into a superb one-handed save when Neil Harvey volleyed a Ben Bailey flick on powerfully towards goal.
In stoppage time Dave MacPherson was felled in the box to give Durrell the opportunity to give Hednesford the lead from the spot and capitalise on their attacking intent.
The diminutive midfielder made no mistake from 12 yards and, during a relatively quiet second half, substitute Kris Taylor hit a speculative long-distance volley down the throat of the thankful Veiga.
The Pitmen looked likely to see out the victory for another three points but with 22 minutes remaining Nti nodded in a rebound from a yard out after Glover’s deflected shot had looped over Crane and hit the crossbar.
Try as they might, neither team was able to muster a clear opportunity to win the game late on and both sets of players left the field relatively content with a share of the spoils.
The Pitmen continue their Skrill North campaign this coming Saturday with a home game against mid-table Barrow, planning to keep their unbeaten start intact before travelling to last season’s promotion rivals North Ferriby United on Saturday week.
Crane, Disney, Campion (c), Bailey, Francis, MacPherson (Melbourne 72), Osborne, Durrell (45 pen), Harvey, Riley (25) (Anagho-Ntamark 77), Woolfe (Taylor 66)
Subs Not Used
Veiga, G Williams, Deene, Thorley (c), Hutchison, Munday, A Williams, Nelson-Addy, Nti (2, 68), Glover, Sammons (Moore 66)
Subs Not Used
D Williams, Heath, Walker, Sargeant
Star Man – Francino Francis
Entertainment Rating – 3 Stars
Attendance – 741
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Photos by Colin Rogers