The Pitmen travelled to Stratford Town seeking their first win of the season. The Bards having an identical record of two draws and a defeat before the start of play. They were boosted by the debut of new signing, the vastly experienced Adam Rooney, while for the Pitmen Joe Cuff served the final match of his suspension and Josh Webb replaced Lewis Hayden.
Stratford Town 1-0 Hednesford Town
The Pitmen dominated the opening spell of the first half as they did for many passages of the game without producing an end product. Despite a series of corners and free kicks the Pitmen were unable to break the deadlock. An early warning sign came in the 24th minute when Adam Rooney came within inches of connecting with a cross from Jamie Molyneux for the Bards.
Minutes later Riley O’Sullivan found Lita in the area, who appeared to be fouled although a penalty was not awarded. Rooney held the ball up well, laying a pass off to Molyneux, who squared for former Pitman Ash Sammons to lash the ball into the net on the half hour mark, the goal stood despite a hint of handball during the build up. William Dawes came close to adding to the score, when he fired over the bar on a breakaway attack.
After the break O’Sullivan had a close range strike cleared off the line as the Pitmen fought to get back in the game. With Stratford happy to sit back, soak up pressure and hit on the break, the afternoon became a frustrating one for the Hednesford. Ultimately the possession did not translate into chances, Luke Rowe had a shot saved while Cameron Ebbutt and Kyle Bennett shot over the cross bar in stoppage time.
For the second season running Hednesford Town lost by a single goal at Knights Lane, scored by Sammons on each occasion.
Stratford Town; O’Brien, Turner, Endall, Sammons, McCone, O’Neill, Molyneux, Hawker, Rooney, Grocott, Dawes (Miles 79) Subs not used; Lafferty, Monaghan, Zito, Sanderson-Ellis.
Hednesford Town; Gwilliams, Webb, Portman (Manton 79), Cameron, Ison, Wilding (Rashad 73), Rowe, Parker, Lita (Ebbutt 62), O’Sullivan, Bennett. Subs not used; Riley, Williams.