The Pitmen fell to a disappointing defeat at the PRG Stadium, Keys Park to Nuneaton Borough. The game started brightly enough for the home side when Osebi Abadaki made a trademark powerful run at the defence, only to upended on the edge of the box. Elliot Hodge forced a good save from Tony Breeden, with debutant Tom Hewlett unable to reach the rebound.
The good start ended in the 6th minute when Joel Kettle, unmarked at a corner, headed the visitors into the lead from close range. The rest of the first half was something of a non-event with Jack Hallahan replacing the injured Tom Solanke.
Hodge drilled a free kick into the Nuneaton wall following an infringement for handball early in the second period. The Pitmen’s hopes of getting something out of the game faded in the 52nd minute when Jordan Goddard ran through the home defence before sending a low strike from the edge of the area past Shaun Rowley to double the lead.
Moments after Luke Benbow arrived as a late substitute, Charlie Gatter ended a Nuneaton break with a robust challenge just outside the area, the Pitmen defender received a yellow card, following some shouts for his dismissal. Benbow stepped up to send a superb dipping freekick over the wall and into the top corner of the night to end a miserable night for the Pitmen.
Hednesford Town; Rowley, Reid, Griffiths, Bailey (C), Gatter, King, Hodge, Solanke (Hallahan 18), Glover, Hewlett, Abadaki (Sanali . Subs not used; O’Hanlon, Curley, Veiga.
Nuneaton Borough; Breeden, Edmunds, Sharpe (Julien 69), Hood, Addison, Kettle, Calder, Byrne (C), Osbourne (Benbow 83), Kelly-Evans, Goddard. Subs not used; Powell, Belford, Maphosa