With the season a few weeks from completion, play-off chasing Alvechurch were Saturday’s visitors to the PRG Stadium at Keys Park. Although out of the promotion picture Hednesford Town were enjoying a good run of late form as they aimed to achieve their highest league finish for six years. The Church’s narrow victory over Stourbridge had kept their hopes alive last weekend, while the Pitmen looked to continue where they left off after a creditable draw at Coalville Town following their demolition of the Glassboys a few days earlier. The previous early season meeting at Lye Meadow saw the Pitmen victorious thanks to a penalty from Andre Landell.
A defensive horror show from the Pitmen in the third minute allowed Tyrell Skeen-Hamilton to rob goalkeeper Oliver Basey of the ball and tap into an empty net to give the visitors an early lead. The Pitmen hit back as Riley O’Sullivan latched onto Josh Webb’s cross before producing a clinical finish on the turn.
A crisp low finish from Danny Waldron put Alvechurch ahead again in the 21st minute. The half got worse for the hosts, when Waldron was allowed too much space in the area, feeding the ball to Skeen-Hamilton to grab his second goal from close range.
Despite a double substitution the Pitmen again shot themselves in the foot at the start of the second half. A penalty was awarded for a shove on the busy Skeen-Hamilton, Nicholas Clayton-Phillips stepped up to dispatch the spot kick via the post.
Hednesford looked for a quick reply, Leon Phillips saved comfortably from Carter Lycett, before O’Sullivan curled an effort wide of the post. Alvechurch largely controlled the rest of the game, restricting the Pitmen to speculative efforts at goal. A disappointing afternoon, when Hednesford Town were undone by individual errors and defensive frailty.
After the game Hednesford Town captain Lewis Ison commented; “That was not good enough and I want to apologise to the supporters. When you make a mistake you have to work hard to put it right and we didn’t do that today. We are a young side, but that can’t be used as an excuse, we need to build for next season and that means putting in good performances in the last few games of the season.”
Hednesford Town; Basey, Webb, Lycett, Portman (Riley 46), Ison, Flanagan, Cater (Tilt 67), Parker, Lita, Hayden (Bennett 46) O’Sullivan. Subs not used; Zohore, Clarkson
Alvechurch; Phillips, Cassidy, Burton, Hallahan, Willets, Carter, Solanke, Brown (Turton 73), Waldron, Clayton-Phillips (Bellis 67), Skeen-Hamilton (Asomugha 86). Subs not used; Sephton, Patterson.