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Hednesford Town

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Richards (32)

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Louis Dodds



Corby Town (A) 31.10.20

An astounding second-half display from the Pitmen sees them get back to winning ways this evening as they thump Bromsgrove Sporting at the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park with four unanswered goals in the second period

Interim manager Keenen Meakin-Richards had been left frustrated at Saturday's defeat to Royston Town, having seen his side waste several good chances in the game and being denied a late penalty kick at Garden Walk. He made two enforced changes to the side that had started three days ago for tonight's game as Andy Wycherley and Anthony Dwyer came into the side in place of the departed Cameron Gregory and the ill Dan Sweeney respectively

Sporting had largely stuck with the squad that had established themselves as a contender at step three last term, although Brendan Kelly's side had started the new campaign in a similar vein to the Pitmen with inconsistency plaguing their performances. A 2-0 reverse at home to Hitchin Town at the weekend had left the Rouslers in sixteenth place in the Southern Premier League Central table ahead of tonight's game, four places and four points ahead of their hosts. Kelly made four changes to his side ahead of kick-off as Josh Ezewele, Kieran Westwood, Michael Taylor and Chris Lait all came back into the side in place of Liam Spink, Jack Wilson, Josh Quaynor and Jason Cowley. Popular former Hednesford goalkeeper Daniel Platt was the one familiar face amongst the Bromsgrove ranks between the sticks for the Rouslers

It was a cool night at Keys Park with the floodlights on a good time before kick-off after the clocks had moved back over the weekend. The Pitmen started assertively, with Platt making a save at his near post in the third minute to smother a low shot from Dan Turner after the striker had broken through the Sporting ranks


Platt was on hand once more claim a Dwyer cross from the right aimed at Dan Turner in the ninth minute, claiming the ball ahead of the former Port Vale youngster at his near post

A quick break from the visitors a minute later saw them work the ball from left to right across the pitch and found Charlie Dowd, who in turn played right-back Ezewele in on goal, only for the twin brother of ex-Hednesford man Louis to turn his shot into the side-netting

Turner tested Platt's reflexes in the twelfth minute of a busy opening period as he cut inside from the left and drifted past Ezewele before driving in a low shot that Platt saved at his near post

Platt saved from home debutant Reece Flanagan in the seventeenth minute of the game as the ex-Walsall midfielder wriggled past a challenge on the edge of the Bromsgrove penalty area and struck a rising shot that Platt made a regulation save at his near post

Teenager Carter Lycett made a storming run forwards for the Pitmen a minute later, beating two Bromsgrove players but lifting his shot from the edge of the penalty area high over Platt's crossbar

Despite the home side looking the more likely to score, it was Bromsgrove that were handed the chance to grab the evening's first goal as they were awarded a penalty kick midway through the half; Courtney Richards played the ball to Loat, whose run into the Hednesford penalty area was halted by another home debutant in the form of Taylor Allen. Lait appeared to take a comical dive in the Hednesford box and somehow managed to convince referee Mr Ellis to award the visitors a spot-kick, much to the disbelief of the Keys Park crowd. Taylor spotted the ball and took the resultant kick, but his weakly-struck effort was beaten away by the legs of Wycherley - his second penalty save of the season so far

The visitors used this as ammunition to push forwards and take the initiative in the game as the Pitmen started to drop back into their own third and invite pressure on themselves against a lively Bromsgrove attack. A quick counter attack from the hosts on twenty-eight minutes saw Dwyer skin Westwood and forced a save from Platt at his near post

The Pitmen were once again their own worst enemies at the back, however, as they handed Sporting the advantage on thirty-two minutes; the hists failed to clear their lines effectively as the ball fell at the feet of Richards, who took a couple of touches before firing in a low shot from twenty-five yards out that appeared to catch Wycherley out as the keeper fumbled the low shot into his own net

Dwyer was proving a useful link-up player for the Pitmen with his pace and first touch, doing well to hold off the attentions of Luke Ward before playing the ball off to Louis Dodds, whose driven shot was just wide of Platt's far post

With the game drifting towards half-time and the managers preparing their team talks, the Pitmen threw both manager's notes out of the window as they levelled matters once more just before the break. Lycett won a free-kick to the left of the Bromsgrove penalty area which Jack Hallahan floated in to the far post and onto the head of Ben Bailey, whose knock-down was volleyed goalwards by Callam Mendez-Jones. His shot was blocked by Leon Broadhurst initially but was only deflected into the path of Dodds, who slammed home the rebound from close-range for his second goal of the season

It had been a fairly even first period and neither side could really lay claim to having the better of the proceedings so far. The visitors made a half-time change with Dowd being replaced by Miro Pais in midfield

Hednesford started well once again, with Platt making an early save to hold a low free-kick from Dwyer on forty-eight minutes after the striker had been hauled down thirty yards from goal

The lively Dwyer was denied a clear shot on goal two minutes later after a late offside flag denied the former Stourbridge man after Allen had flicked Dodds' ball into his path

Dwyer turned provider to set up Turner for the Pitmen's second goal of the evening on fifty-one minutes, racing onto a deflected through ball down the right flank before pulling the ball back into the path of his strike partner. Turner showed outstanding composure to shift the ball from left to right and take out both Ward and Platt before slotting into the net from eighteen yards out - a fine strike from the youngster, who continues to impress with his work-rate and instinct in front of goal

The Pitmen had the bit between their teeth and pressed a retreating Bromsgrove side into their own third in search of more goals; Allen tested Platt on fifty-three minutes as he cut inside from the right-wing and stuck a rising shot that Platt punched away from goal at his near post

A rare attack from Sporting saw them win a corner kick on fifty-six minutes, with Lait heading goalwards unmarked at the far post but being denied by Wycherley before the same player drilled the rebound into the side-netting

More last-ditch defending from the Pitmen on sixty-two minutes saw them scramble the ball away from their own goal after a corner kick from Bromsgrove had been partially cleared by Wycherley before being turned goalwards by Taylor, only for Bailey to finally clear his lines by hacking the ball away

The Pitmen put clear daylight between the two sides five minutes later as a neat spell of play down the right saw Mendez-Jones make a move forwards and cut inside, allowing the ball to run to the impressive Dodds who side-footed the ball brilliantly beyond the reach of Platt and into the corner of the net for his second goal of the evening

The hosts sensed more goals in the game and went close to a fourth goal a minute later as Flanagan's free-kick was controlled by the head of Allen at the far post, only for the Forest Green Rovers loanee to hook his shot straight at Platt before Bromsgrove cleared their lines

A minute later, the Pitmen were awarded a penalty kick of their own as a Hallahan corner kick was headed into the path of Dwyer by Bailey before the striker was brought down by substitute Wilson. Despite Dodds being on a hat-trick, he allowed Dwyer to take the resultant kick but could only watch on as the recently re-signed Dwyer weakly struck his penalty kick straight at Platt, who made a comfortable save

The Pitmen's first substitution of the evening came with eighteen minutes remaining as Dodds was rightly given a standing ovation for his man of the match performance as Jed Davies replaced him

Davies was quickly into the action, crossing from the right with a deep free-kick three minutes later that was only cleared as far as Turner, who struck a fine volley at goal that flashed just wide of Platt's left-hand post

With ten minutes of the game left, the hard-working Turner followed Dodds in getting a warm reception from the home crowd as he was taken off for George Cater

A minute later, the Pitmen added a fourth goal to their tally as a well-struck corner kick from Hallahan was met by Kyle Rowley, whose looping header beat Platt and found the far corner of the net for his first-ever Hednesford goal

With five minutes of the game remaining and the result beyond doubt, Hednesford made their third and final change of the game as Danny Glover was given a late-run out as he came on for Dwyer

Cater went on a mazy run for the hosts with the next attack, weaving past two challenges on the edge of the Bromsgrove penalty area before seeing his deflected shot saved by Platt

It was perhaps fitting that club captain Bailey added a gloss finish to a fine display for the hosts with a fifth Hednesford goal on eighty-six minutes; another superbly-delivered corner from Hallahan - having his best game for the Pitmen in many months - found the head of Bailey, who produced a carbon copy of Rowley's goal a few minutes earlier as he looped a header beyond former team-mate Platt and into the net for his first goal of the season

A fantastic night's entertainment for the majority of the near-600 crowd to witness and a second successive home win for Meakin-Richards and his team and another game that had seen six goals plundered on the Keys Park pitch. Attention moves to the F.A. Trophy at the weekend when Meakin-Richards and his side visit step four high-flyers Corby Town as they enter the third qualifying round of this season's competition, looking to take inspiration from a wonderful second-half performance tonight and finally record a win on their travels this term

Hednesford Town: Wycherley, Mendez-Jones, Lycett, Bailey ©, Rowley, Flanagan , Allen, Hallahan, Dwyer (Glover 85), Dodds (Davies 72), Turner (Cater 80)       Sub Unused: Griffiths, Veiga

Bromsgrove Sporting: Platt, Ezewele, Westwood (Spink 77), Hayward (Wilson 59 ), Ward, Broadhurst, Mussa, Dowd (Pais 45), Richards, Taylor, Lait        Subs Unused: Beardmore, Massey

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