Hednesford Town were back in action, following the latest lockdown restrictions, facing Romulus FC in a friendly at Keys Park. The Pitmen began the game with a strong line up that must be close to a starting XI. Unsurprisingly both teams looked rusty and the game had the atmosphere of a pre-season friendly, with the Pitmen perhaps holding something in reserve for Tuesday’s FA Trophy fixture at Welwyn Garden City. Dan Turner went close to opening the scoring but his goal bound effort was deflected behind for a corner. New signing Courtney Richards replaced the injured Jack Hallahan in the 30th minute. Josh Benton in goal for Romulus made a couple of decent saves, one of which rebounded towards Ben Bailey who went close with a decent strike from outside the area.
Manager Keenen Meakin-Richards made ten changes at half time, introducing two more new signings Rob Hanna and Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis. Romulus went close early in the half, with a shot drifting over Sam Wollaston’s goal. The breakthrough came in the 54th minute when Numair Rashad fired home to deservedly put the Pitmen ahead. The lead was, however, short-lived as half time substitute Brett Fellows equalised for the visitors four minutes later. A good spell of pressure from the home side followed; a series of corners saw Richards and Sam Griffiths go close to scoring. Benton saved from Ten-Grotenhuis’ flick while Ollie Waddison fired just wide. Sam Griffiths won the game, heading home a cross at the far post.
Pitmen (first half); Wycherley, Mendez-Jones, Lycett, Bailey, Rowley, Hallahan (Richards 30), Flanagan, Cater, Sweeney, Turner, Dwyer
Pitmen (second half); Wollaston, Dawes, Griffiths, Seraton, Paddock, Richards, Hanna, Waddison, Davies, Rashad, Ten-Grotenhuis.
Romulus FC; Benton, Hennersey, Haynes, Burke, Lee, Rudd, Zaman, Doyle, Farquharson, Hurst, Degville-Cross. Subs; Perkins, Fellows, Taylor, Watkins, Burke, Hylton.