Hednesford Town supporters would have left Keys Park pleased with what they witnessed on Saturday afternoon, but slightly disappointed that they hadn’t seen their team end Solihull Moors’ unbeaten record in the league.
After two consecutive defeats against Midlands sides, the Pitmen were aiming to avoid an unwanted hat-trick and certainly put on a show that would have been worthy of the three points – had it not been for the width of a post and a good display from visiting goalkeeper Ben Siegrist.
Bernard McNally’s side started very much on the front foot with Adam Thomas seeing a low effort saved after just two minutes.
Although the game was end-to-end, neither goalkeeper was called into action in the first 30 minutes but Hednesford’s Ahmed Obeng did blaze the best effort over the bar from inside the six-yard box.
Solihull forced a number of corners and throw-ins without having a shot on target before Town’s Danico Johnson hit the post from a tight angle in the 38th minute.
The visitors started the second half on the front foot but again failed to force a real effort on target and it was in fact the Pitmen who came closest to breaking the deadlock as Tom James strode forward and his dangerous whipped cross was palmed away by Siegrist.
Although Solihull had plenty of the ball, Town goalkeeper Dan Crane wasn’t really called into action, however his counterpart at the other end soon would be.
In the 63rd minute he pulled off a stunning one handed save from a Thomas shot which was sailing towards the top corner, then a minute later he could do nothing but watch as a Sean Williams effort whistled past him before hitting the post and going behind for a goal kick.
Siegrist was then booked in the 70th minute for bringing down Todd 25 yards from goal but the resulting free-kick was blocked and went behind for a corner.
Back came the Moors and Crane just got a touch to a dangerous ball into the box from Akwasi Asante with Stefan Moore lurking to tap home before Williams cleared a low ‘fizzed’ cross from right in front of his goal.
Led by Ben Bailey, making his 301st appearance for Town, the Hednesford back-line stood firm against all that Solihull threw at them and in the end both sides had to settle for a point and with it the Pitmen’s first clean sheet in the league this season.
Hednesford Town: Crane, T Williams, James, Bailey, Regan, Todd (Digie 85), S Williams, Thomas, Johnson (Perry 83), Obeng, Ennis
Subs not used: Disney, Robinson, Ransome
Solihull Moors: Siegrist, Nottingham, Franklin, Daly, Streete, Dean, Armson, Byrne, Moore, Beswick, Knights (Asante 71)
Subs not used: Bignot, Cowan, English, Gittings
Star Man: Sean Williams
Entertainment Rating: Four Stars