Nationwide Conference

Leigh RMI

Jones (17), (36)

Hednesford Town

Swan (19) (OG), Bagshaw (39)

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Hereford United (A) 9.9.00

A battling performance from the Pitmen saw them make it successive games unbeaten in the Nationwide Conference this evening as they claim a point at Leigh RMI's Hilton Park this evening


Saturday's spectacular hammering of Northwich Victoria had temporarily lifted the Pitmen off the foot of the league table ahead of their trip up the M6 for tonight's game, with manager John Baldwin unsurprisingly sticking with the same side that had started at Keys Park at the weekend

Not surprisingly, Pitmen boss, John Baldwin, kept the same side that had hammered Northwich 7-1 and started the game the brighter and had a couple of chances in the first 15 minutes with hat-trick hero from Saturday Mark Cooper fired just over.

Hednesford were rocked 18 minutes into the game when Steve Jones was given far too much room down the right and curled a left foot shot into the top corner of the net.

The lead lasted just two minutes when Mark Moran went for a free kick and flicked the ball into the area and there seemed no danger when lain Swan headed back to goal only for the ball to miss Craig Dootson and go into the net.

Leigh took the lead again eight minutes from the break with a carbon-copy of the first goal. Jones was yet again given far too much room and he curled his shot passed Mark Gayle into the top corner of the net.

As with the first goal the lead only lasted two minutes when Paul Bagshaw scored the goal of the game. Me picked the ball up on the half way line and raced towards goal and on the edge of the area hit a fierce right foot shot, which flew into the top corner of the net.

Two minutes before the break a free kick to the Pitmen 25 yards out saw Stuart Lake take the kick, which was turned around the post.

After a highly entertaining first half, it was perhaps expected that both managers would try to keep things tight and the second half didn't have many chances, but Mark Cooper saved Lake's blushes when he cleared off his own line after Lake's header almost made it 3-2 to the home side as tried to clear the ball away.

Leigh did get the ball into the net but Kielty was ruled offside.

manager steve waywell

Leigh RMI: Dootson, Harris, Scott, Jones, Udall, Kielty, Farrell, Ridings, Cumisky, Black (Mason 90), Swan       Subs Unused: German, Durkin, Matthews, Felgate

Hednesford Town: Gayle, Bradley, Pointon  (Russell 90), Goodwin (Airdrie 82), Lake, Haran , Cooper ©, Robinson, Davis, Norbury, Bagshaw      Subs Unused: Sedgemore, Rhodes, Carney