Pitmen Show Promise Again But Burton Show Class
Hednesford Town followed up their positive performance against Kidderminster Harriers last weekend with another encouraging performance against Football League side Burton Albion at a balmy Keys Park on Tuesday evening, despite eventually losing the game 2-0.
It was clear that The Brewers possessed the fitness, build and strength befitting a full time outfit, but The Pitmen battled hard in the opening exchanges and were unlucky to find themselves a goal down on 25 minutes when a Lucas Akins shot squirmed through the grasp of Ryan Price and rolled into the net.
The home side should have levelled but for an outstanding save by Dean Lyness from a deflected Tom Thorley shot just before half time, with both Jamey Osborne and Paul McCone coming close shortly afterwards.
Steve Diggin almost opened his Pitmen account after the restart when Hednesford again piled on the pressure but couldn’t quite find the equaliser and, as Burton re-asserted their dominance, Price made up for his first half mistake with two stunning point blank saves, firstly from Stuart Beavon and secondly from Adam McGurk.
Substitute Danny Glover snatched at a clear opening on the edge of the area with 20 minutes to go but as the game petered out it was Burton who scored their second goal when the impressive Akins squared for Phil Edwards to side-foot home.
Price, Melbourne (Griffiths 77), Campion (c), McCone (Bailey 78), Francis, Taylor, Osborne, Hurst (Johnson 46), Sullivan (Glover 61), Diggin (Robinson 72), Thorley
Lyness, Edwards (86), Sharps ©, Taft (Fox 72), McFadzean, Akins (25), Mousinho, Weir, MacDonald, Beavon, McGurk,
Subs Not Used
Hornby, Yates, Thorpe, Alle
Star Man – Lucas Akins
Entertainment Rating – 3 stars
Attendance – 433