Match deleted from records in MaY 2020 after 2019-2020 season voided due to coronavirus


BetVictor Southern Premier League Central

Coalville Town

Dean (14), Duggan (63)

Hednesford Town

Glover (80)

(1) 2

(0) 1



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Tom Elliott



Stourbridge (A) 17.8.19

The Pitmen's first defeat of the season comes in their first away game of the new campaign, as they are eased out of the game by a strong, physical and streetwise Coalville side this evening at Owen Street

Hednesford arrived in Leicestershire off the back of a slightly fortuitous three points at home to Lowestoft Town on Saturday to get their season off to a good start. Manager Gary Hayward made two changes to his starting XI from the Lowestoft game, with Sam Griffiths coming in at right-back in place of the unavailable Matt Curley and Saturday's match-winner Danny Glover replacing Kieran Wells up front. Liam Truslove was named amongst the substitutes in place of Joey Evans

Coalville - strongly fancied by many observers to be in the hunt for a top five finish this term - had added impressively to their squad over the summer months with an emphasis on signing experienced players. Stourbridge duo Jack Duggan and Stuart Pierpoint had arrived to shore up the defence, in front of Basford United keeper Saul Deeney, whilst former Hednesford striker Adam McGurk had arrived after a short spell at National League North side Chorley

It was a pleasant night for football, with the game kicking off a little late after both Hednesford players and supporters got stuck in rush-hour traffic making their way up through Tamworth. It was the visitors - looking resplendent in their new fluorescent yellow away kit - who made the brighter start, with Brad Wells once again handed a great chance to score an early goal for the Pitmen in the sixth minute as he broke clear of the Coalville defence, only to tamely scuff his shot straight at Deeney - another good chance wasted by the forward in a similar manner to the one he missed against Lowestoft


The Pitmen continued to have the better of the opening stages of the game, with Tom Elliott once again looking a fine acquisition with his movement and tireless box-to-box running. Kristian Scott was also in the thick of things early on, delivering a range of fine passes to Glover dn Wells early on as he looked to get his side going


However, Coalville started to find their feet on a horrendously bumpy and patchy surface and took the lead with their first shot in anger in the fourteenth minute; the Pitmen failed to effectively clear their lines after a scruffy period of play around their penalty area, with the ball eventually dropping to Luke Shaw. His pass sent Tom McGlinchey away down the wing, with the midfielder showing excellent feet to outwit Billy Daniels on the byeline and jink past him. His low cross found Alex Dean in the six yard box, who had the simple task of side footing into the net from close range to open the scoring against the run of play

With their noses in front, Coalville started to dictate the tempo of the game, breaking up any head of steam the Pitmen could get with relative ease as the away side struggled to make any inroads in the final third. Jack Hallahan's speculative effort from the edge of the penalty area sailed wide of goal on twenty minutes, before Brad Wells was handed another great chance to open his account for the season three minutes later as Elliott partially blocked a clearance from Deeney which deflected into the path of Wells. After taking the ball into the penalty area unmarked, Wells dithered on his options and struck a shot that was at a comfortable height for the experienced former Burton keeper to make a save

A late referee's whistle denied Shaw Coalville's second goal of the evening on twenty-eight minutes, as a foul from Joe Doyle-Charles on Griffiths earlier in the move was called back by the official as Shaw bundled the ball into the net from close range

A good run from Elliott three minutes later saw him drift inside two Coalville challenges before trying his luck from the edge of the penalty area, forcing Deeney into a stop low down to his left-hand side

The game's real moment of controversy came in the thirty-fifth minute of the game, as a clash in midfield between Daniels and Doyle-Charles was to leave the Hednesford midfielder left motionless on the floor after the pair had come together to challenge for a high ball. Doyle-Charles appeared to lead with the elbow and clatter into the face of Daniels, flattening the former Nuneaton man and leaving him requiring extensive treatment for a facial injury. Incredibly, Doyle-Charles somehow escaped with only a caution as a dazed and confused Daniels was taken off to hospital with a nasty-looking injury as Truslove came on in Daniels' place for a full debut

A sprightly run from Ellis Storey carved open the Pitmen on forty-two minutes as his run deep into the Hednesford half found Shaw once more, only for his ball to slide across the face of the Hednesford goal and away from danger before anyone in black and white could turn the loose ball home

In the final minute of the half, Doyle-Charles and Brad Wells came together out on the left wing, with Doyle-Charles doing a fine job to make a meal of a challenge from Wells to convince the referee into showing the Hednesford striker a yellow card

The Pitmen could have very few complaints and being 1-0 down at the break, as they had once again failed to take their chances early on and had been made to may a heavy price for not doing so. It was another assertive start to the half from Hayward's men, with Elliott flashing another early chance wide of goal from a Scott corner kick

With just over an hour on the clock, the hapless Brad Wells made way for his brother Kieran, which saw Glover playing in a more withdrawn role to allow Kieran Wells to play up front

The Pitmen were the architects of their own downfall once again on sixty-three minutes as Hallahan gave the ball away cheaply in a dangerous position which saw the ball fed to danger man Shaw. His low cross from the left wing was cleared by Ben Bailey, but only off the back of Kairo Mitchell, who almost scored without knowing anything about it as the ball looped off his back and goalwards. Ben O'Hanlon was alert to the danger however, and made a fine goal line clearance at the far post. From the resultant corner, a deep ball to the far post was powerfully headed into the roof of the net by the excellent Duggan, whose effort was too powerful even for Daniel Platt to keep out

The Pitmen's injury problems were really starting to stack up, as O'Hanlon - only recently returning from a broken toe - limped out of the game on sixty-seven minutes after a challenge on the left wing. Hayward elected to change his formation with an attacking change by bringing on the mercurial Osebi Abadaki as he looked for some late inspiration

And inspiration is what Abadaki brought to the Pitmen, as he produced a fine cameo on the last twenty minutes to bring the visitors back into contention. His first involvement saw him pick up a pass from Scott on seventy minutes before driving towards goal and forcing Deeney into a fine save low down at his near post with a powerfully-struck angled shot

A trademark Bailey throw on seventy-five minutes was flicked on at the near post by Wells and into the path of Truslove, only for the former Kidderminster man to hook his shot over the crossbar from twelve yards out


Coalville responded through Shaw two minutes later, who picked the ball up and drove deep in to the Hednesford half before lifting his shot high over the crossbar

Another piece of wing magic from Abadaki saw him get the better of Storey on eighty minutes and send over a fine lofted cross that Kieran Wells headed back into the Coalville six-yard box. Elliott tried to force the ball home  from close range but was denied, with the ball eventually running for the onrushing Glover to sidefoot the ball home and reduce the deficit with his second goal of the season already

Suddenly it was all Hednesford, as the away side sensed an unlikely leveller. They were handed a further boost two minutes later as Doyle-Charles was finally handed his well-deserved red card after a quite dreadful lunge on the superb Abadaki to bring him down in midfield and earn him a second caution of the game

A combination of good luck and legs in the right place at the right time saw Coalville survive a spell of pressure from the Pitmen as the minutes ticked by, with both Truslove and Kieran Wells denied at the death as they turned the ball goalwards. A late flurry of corner kicks from the Pitmen saw Platt commit himself forwards to add to the numbers, with the away side going agonisingly close to forcing home a late second goal. A Hallahan corner in the first minute of added time was headed goalwards by Kieran Morris, only for Deeney to make a breathtaking on-handed save to tip the ball around the post and deny the centre back a goal. From the resultant corner, Kieran Wells' downward header bounced up and onto the crossbar at the far post to leave the Pitmen feeling frustrated at the final whistle

If they had been handed a stroke of good luck on Saturday, there was none on show for Hednesford this evening as Coalville did enough to see out the game and earn themselves a first win of the season. Yet again, the Pitmen had been wasteful in front of goal, more so in the early stages of the game, and were left rueing their lack of composure in front of goal. There will also have been concerns about how easily they were brushed off the ball at times, particularly in midfield, where the presence of James Hurst is very much missing at present. Another tough test follows on Saturday when the Pitmen visit Stourbridge, a team with a 100% record from their first two games looking to stay top of the table int he early standings

Coalville Town: Deeney, Pierpoint, Storey, Towers ©, Duggan, Doyle-Charles ▆ , Dean, Shaw (Thomas 79), Mitchell (Jemson 90), McGurk (Berridge 85), McGlinchey       Subs Unused: Browne, Bowles

Hednesford Town: Platt, Griffiths, O'Hanlon (Abadaki 67 ▆ ), Bailey ©, Morris, Scott, Daniels (Truslove 39), Hallahan, Glover, Elliott, B. Wells ▆ (K. Wells 61)    Subs Unused: Gatter, Reid

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