With the emphasis on regaining match fitness, Hednesford Town manager Keenen Meakin-Richards named a strong starting XI to face Midland League outfit Sporting Khalsa in a friendly at the Guardian Warehouse Arena.
The Pitmen took control of the game early on when Dan Turner finished a well worked team move in the 11th minute. The visitors should have built on this advantage with both George Cater and Antony Dwyer going close.
After the break, Andy Wycherley made a an excellent block save, however, Khalsa were awarded a penalty as a home player was fouled during a scramble for the loose ball. Former Pitmen forward Gaz Singh stepped up to equalise after 47 minutes.
Khalsa defended with a high line, giving the assistant referee a busy afternoon ending numerous Pitmen attacks with the offside flag. As the game opened up into an entertaining end to end encounter, the home side took the lead with a superb long range strike from Singh.
The home side’s lead lasted for just three minutes before Caterr was hacked down in the box, Jed Davies tucked away the subsequent penalty to level the score in the 71st minute. Both sides had chances to win the game, Khalsa blazed a golden opportunity over the bar, while Numair Rashad was cynically tripped when through on goal, in another lively substitute appearance from the youngster. A draw was a far reflection as both sides gained valuable match practice in anticipation of the leagues restarting.
Hednesford Town; Wycherley, Griffiths (Dawes 60), Lycett, Bailey, Rowley, Hallahan (Parker 72), Turner, Flanagan, Dwyer (Richards 46), Davies (Rashad 72), Cater.