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Peterborough Sports (H) 14.1.20

The Pitmen's stuttering start to 2020 continues this afternoon as they are edged out by fellow play-off chasers Coalville Town this afternoon at the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park

Hednesford's interim management team - boosted by their 2-0 win over Lowestoft Town last weekend - were forced into making one change to their side for this afternoon's game, with skipper Ben Bailey suspended following his red card against Tamworth on New Years Day. His place was taken by Ben O'Hanlon, allowing Sam Griffiths to move across defence to partner Charlie Gatter at centre-back. James Hurst was passed fit to return to the side at the expense of Jack Hallahan, while Tom Fry was brought back into the game as he replaced Izak Reid at number ten

Coalville had proved stubborn opponents for many teams this season in the Southern Premier League Central, pushing for a play-off place with their experienced squad of step three players. Recent signing from Hednesford Kieran Morris was ineligible to play after an agreement between the two clubs, leaving the Ravens scrapping around for defenders themselves after Stuart Pierpoint and Ellis Storey were ruled out and Jack Duggan had chosen to take a break from football recently. With this in mind, manager Adam Stevens brought in Jake Bennett and Kian Taylor for the injured duo of Pierpoint and Storey for today's tough-looking encounter

A cold, dull day in Hednesford was reflected in the style of football played by both sides in the first-half, with a distinct lack of clear-cut chances showing very little in the way of difference between the two sides. An early shot from Tom McGlinchey cannoned back off the midriff of Charlie Gatter, prompting vague penalty appeals from the men in yellow but nothing was given as the Pitmen cleared their lines. The rebounded ball made it's way to Luke Shaw, whose effort from range was easily saved by keeper Andy Wycherley

A minute later, Shaw was afforded too much time on the edge of the Hednesford penalty area to fire in a low shot that Wycherley gathered with a fair amount of ease to claim the bobbling shot

Coalville midfielder Joe Doyle-Charles - the pantomime villain of the reverse fixture after elbowing Billy Daniels in the game at Owen Street and only received a yellow card despite concussing the midfielder - was lucky not to have been put in the book on twenty minutes after a hefty challenge on Reece King in the centre circle had the men in white and the Hednesford bench demanding retribution

The Pitmen offered sporadic resistance going forwards int he opening fifteen minutes, with a flick header from skipper for the day King sailing harmlessly wide from a Fry corner kick and Danny Glover having a shot blocked by Ravens skipper Steve Towers on fourteen minutes after neat build-up play down the right involving Matt Curley and Hurst played the Hednesford striker in

Coalville were forced into an early change to their side on twenty-four minutes as Leandro Browne replaced the injured Kalern Thomas at right-back. The substitute was straight into the action, coming inside from the wing on twenty-six minutes and scuffing a shot goalwards which Sam Griffiths cleared from danger 

Shaw - having a good game in midfield for the Ravens - was involved once more on the half-hour mark as his neat reverse ball played Browne in behind the Hednesford defence, only for Wycherley to make a fine stop at his near post to palm the substitute's low shot away from goal

The Pitmen's first real opening of the game came three minutes later through Fry, as he skied a great chance high over the crossbar following a neat piece of build-up play through the centre of the park that had fed Osebi Abadaki, who in turn had set up the midfielder on the edge of the Coalville penalty area

Fry was involved again on thirty-six minutes, as superb vision from Glover headed the ball into the path of Fry, who took two touches to bring the ball under control before seeing his shot deflected wide of goal by a covering challenge from Jake Bennett. From the resultant corner taken by Elliot Hodge, Hurst's glancing header was pushed away from danger by the experienced Saul Deeney in the Coalville goal, claiming the rebound ahead of Abadaki

Another Wycherley save down at his near post denied Shaw once again on forty minutes, saving with his legs to deny the midfielder a clear sight at goal, before Abadaki's cross was driven towards goal by Hodge with the next attack, prompting Deeney into another instinctive stop at his near post

The Pitmen started the second half brightly, with a deep cross from Curley on forty-nine minutes flicked into the path of Glover by Hodge. Hednesford's top scorer could not get a clean contact on his shot from the edge of the penalty area, however, and Deeney easily claimed the bouncing ball

Quick feet from McGlinchey three minutes later wrong-footed the Pitmen's defence momentarily, allowing him to get a shot away that was blocked and eventually hoofed over the stand by the same player on the rebound

The Pitmen were working hard and showing plenty of willing to chase, hustle and work as a team, but were lacking quality, particularly in the final third where Glover was left to work alone against a well-organised makeshift Coalville defence

The Pitmen's first change of the afternoon came on sixty-four minutes, as Fry was taken off in favour of Reid after an improved display on recent disappointing, ineffective outings from the creative midfielder

The Pitmen were finally undone on seventy-two minutes, after having ample opportunity to clear their lines down the left; a series of crosses from Coalville, involving Shaw and Browne, were repeatedly cleared half-heartedly by the hosts, with the final cross from Browne turned into the net at the near post by Tim Berridge, scorer of the Ravens' goal in the F.A. Trophy defeat last month

Defensive indecision almost let Coalville in for a quick-fire second goal two minutes later as Kairo Mitchell bundled his way through and slipped the ball into the path of Shaw, whose rising shot flew over the crossbar

Hurst's game was brought to a premature end on seventy-six minutes, as he was taken off to allow Hallahan to play the final fourteen minutes in the defensive midfield role

Mitchell wasted another good chance to finish the game off on eighty minutes, drilling a shot across the face of goal and wide rather than playing the ball inside to the incoming Shaw

Two minutes later, Hodge's inswinging free-kick found the head of King, who could only glance a weak header straight into the hands of Deeney at his far post

A strong run from Abadaki set Hodge on his way down the right-wing on eighty-four minutes, with Hodge's cross dropping to Glover on the penalty spot; his initial shot was blocked before a follow-up effort was well-saved by Deeney in the centre of his goal

A late flurry of corner kicks failed to adequately test the resolve of the thrown-together Coalville defence, with late headers from King and Glover both failing to trouble Deeney and his defenders in a disappointingly lacklustre late salvo from the out-of-ideas Pitmen

Coalville had just about done enough to earn themselves all three points with a well-organised, disciplined defensive display that frustrated the hosts for the majority of the game and limited their chances to a minimum to complete a league double over their opponents. The Pitmen face another play-off chasing team on Tuesday night with a visit from surprise package Peterborough Sports, who make their first-ever visit to the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park this midweek

Hednesford Town: Wycherley, Curley, O'Hanlon, Griffiths, Gatter , Hurst (Hallahan 76), Hodge, King ©, D. Glover, Fry (Reid 64), Abadaki    Subs Unused: Jones, Bath, Veiga

Coalville Town: Deeney , Thomas (Browne 24), Bennett, Towers ©, Taylor, Doyle-Charles, Dean, Shaw, Mitchell, Berridge (McGurk 83), McGlinchey      Subs Unused: Bowles, Davidson, McManus

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