3.9.2020

Pre-Season Friendly

Bromsgrove Sporting

Triallist A (42)

Hednesford Town

Glover (8) (penalty)

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Jack Hallahan

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Chasetown (A) 5.9.20

The Pitmen earn themselves a draw against league rivals Bromsgrove Sporting this evening as they hold off the home side's attacking threat in the second half to provide a good response to Saturday's poor defeat at Stafford Rangers

Manager Andy Morrell had been unhappy with his side's display at Marston Road over the weekend and hastily organised this evening's game to give his side the chance to get themselves back on track. Morrell tweaked his side from Saturday but was forced to stick with his central defensive partnership of Ben Bailey and Dan Preston due to ongoing injuries to Sam Griffiths and Callam Mendez-Jones

Bromsgrove had had a busy week of friendly games, playing at Leicester Road on Saturday and winning 3-1 before beating Neil Tooth's Sutton Coldfield Town side 2-0 on Monday night. This was their first home game of the pre-season schedule after five successive away games, with all 300 tickets snapped up by a Rouslers crowd eager to see their team again. Former Hednesford keeper Daniel Platt started the game between the sticks for the hosts as the one familiar face to the travelling supporters who had made the trip down the M5

The home side started well and had a good chance inside the first couple of minutes as triallist B dragged a low shot narrowly wide of Andy Wycherleys post after being played in behind the Hednesford defence

Veteran Leon Broadhurst tried his luck with an improvised effort two minutes later, attempting a backheel flick towards goal from Platt's deep free-kick that was headed on by skipper Tom Taylor, only to see it come back off the crossbar before Rhys Thompson cleared the danger

Despite starting the game on the backfoot, the Pitmen were handed the chance to open the scoring in the eighth minute of the game as a quick break down the left from George Cater and Danny Glover played Louis Dodds in on goal, only for Tom Taylor to bring the experienced midfielder down in the penalty area. The referee had no concerns about awarding the away side a penalty kick which Glover dispatched beyond the reach of Platt for his second goal of pre-season

Bromsgrove were forced into an early substitution as big man up top Michael Taylor was forced off due to injury in the fourteenth minute and was replaced by Will Shorrock

Three minutes later, the home side had to make a second change due to injury as Josh Ezewele was also taken off after picking up a knock and was replaced by Jack Wilson

Jack Hallahan forced Platt into a fine save midway through the first half as he neatly turned past Wilson before firing a shot across goal that the former Pitmen stopped did well to tip away

Two minutes later, Nathan Hayward's long-range effort for the hosts drifted just over the top of Wycherley's goal as the defender tried his luck from twenty-five yards out

A clever pass from Cater set up Glover for a first-time shot on the edge of the penalty area on twenty-seven minutes, only for Platt to produce a save for the cameras as he plucked the shot out of the air acrobatically

A minute later, Sporting were forced into a third injury-affected substitution as former Kidderminster Harriers man Harry Higginson was taken off and replaced by Gift Mussa

Dan Turner went close for the Pitmen on thirty-three minutes as he narrowly failed to turn Glover's flick-on home at the far post from an inswinging Thompson cross

Broadhurst should have equalised for the home side on thirty-seven minutes as he somehow failed to nod the ball home at the far post from Josh Quaynor's deep cross with the goal at his mercy just a yard or so out

A terrible mistake from Wycherley led to Bromsgrove equalising with three minutes of the first half remaining; the former Telford man attempted to play his way out of trouble just outside his penalty area but only succeeded in being dispossessed by triallist A, who showed great composure to slot the ball into the empty net from a tight angle and level the match once more

Bromsgrove finished the half strongly with the boost of their equaliser; triallist B tested Wycherley with a low shot on forty-four minutes which the stopper made a meal of, relying on skipper Ben Bailey to rescue him after he had fumbled the shot into the path of Shorrock

In first-half added time, Broadhurst tried his luck from nearly thirty yards out as he bludgeoned a shot goalwards but was off-target with his powerfully-struck effort

It had been a competitive game for both sides that gave both managers plenty to ponder at half-time and also in the wider sense with both teams expecting to do well in the Southern Premier League Central this season

Turner went close to putting the Pitmen back into the lead with the first chance of the second half; Glover's knock-down to his striker partner allowed him to turn Broadhurst and drag a low shot beyond the reach of Platt and only a matter of inches wide of goal

Hallahan attempted a spectacular effort at goal on fifty-two minutes as he picked up a loose ball in the centre circle before attempting an audacious lob over the head of former team-mate Platt, only for the ball to drop a couple of yards wide of the post

Preston was shown a yellow card by the referee on fifty-six minutes after triallist A had skipped past the burly centre-back before Preston hauled him down with a mistimed challenge

Glover found himself a pocket of space on the edge of the area just before the hour mark but lifted his effort high over the crossbar after getting his laces underneath the ball

The first of a raft of substitutions for the Pitmen came on sixty-two minutes as Lee Smith replaced Thompson and Jed Davies came on for Dodds, followed four minutes later by Will Norcross's introduction at the expense of the quiet Cater

Wycherley partly atoned for his error with a fine stop on sixty-seven minutes as he backtracked to tip a rising shot from Kieren Westwood over his crossbar for a Bromsgrove corner kick

From the resultant corner, the ball bobbled around at the far post before dropping at the feet of Mussa. Preston - clearly not learning his lesson from his earlier booking - rashly dived in and shoved the defender away illegally with a poorly judged challenge. The referee had no option but to point to the post once more and award the hosts a penalty kick to penalise Preston. It was the second game in a row the defender had given away a penalty kick, which considering the player's vast experience is a very poor record. Westwood stepped up to take the kick but was denied by a brilliant one-handed stop from Wycherley, diving to his right and getting enough on the ball to palm it away from danger

More changes followed for the men in neon yellow with fifteen minutes remaining as Sean Dongo replaced Carter Lycett and youngster Josh Kilford came on for Turner

An inswinging free-kick from triallist A on seventy-nine minutes somehow flashed across the face of the Hednesford goal and behind for a goal kick as it bounced dangerously in the Pitmen's six-yard box

Wycherley did well to claim another free-kick ahead of substitute Charlie Dowd three minutes later as another fine cross from triallist A threatened to find the head of the Bromsgrove man in the six-yard box

Hednesford triallist right-back Aaron Cole nearly turned the ball into his own net with six minutes remaining and had the post to thank as he diverted a low cross onto the woodwork before Hallahan cleared the danger

There was to be an enforced delay to the game in the final minutes as Bromsgrove substitute Jake Bloomer received a lengthy spell of treatment for a nasty-looking head injury that turned out to be a severely swollen jaw after treatment from paramedics

This enforced break in play killed the game off as a contest in added time with neither side able to get up a head of steam and push for a winner. It had been a good response from the Pitmen against one of the more fancied, stable teams in the division although they had ridden their luck somewhat in the second half to hang on to the draw. A quick turnaround of games sees the Pitmen on their travels once more in two days time as they make the short hop across to Burntwood to face near-neighbours Chasetown 

Bromsgrove Sporting: Platt, Ezewele (Wilson 17), Higginson (Mussa 28), T. Taylor ©, Broadhurst, Westwood (Bloomer 72 (Trialllist C 88)), Hayward, Quaynor (Spink 56), Triallist A, Triallist B (Dowd 56), M.Taylor (Shorrock 14)     Subs Unused: None

Hednesford Town: Wycherley, Cole, Lycett (Dongo 75), Bailey ©, Preston , Hallahan, Cater (Norcross 66), Thompson (Smith 62), Glover, Dodds (Davies 62), Turner (Kilford 75)       Subs Unused: Dodd, Santana, Waddison

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