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


BetVictor Southern Premier League Central

Bromsgrove Sporting

Westwood (19), Hayward (54), M. Taylor (66), Gregory (84)

Hednesford Town

(1) 4

(0) 0



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Daniel Platt




Boston United (H) 19.10.19

The Pitmen's recent run of commanding form is brought to a crashing halt this evening at Bromsgrove's Victoria Ground, as the hosts hand Gary Hayward's side a reality check with a lesson in finishing to earn their first home league win of the season


Another high-scoring win over the weekend had seen Hednesford return to the top of the Southern Premier League Central after Rushall Olympic had been well beaten by Kings Langley, arriving high on confidence off the back of an eight-game unbeaten run. Hayward made one enforced change to the side that had beaten Royston Town at the weekend as Osebi Abadaki was ruled out due to a slight hamstring injury, prompting the Hednesford manager to bring Enoch Andoh back into the XI after he had missed Saturday's game due to illness


Sporting had found life in the Southern Premier League Central a tough nut to crack so far since promotion in the summer from step four, sitting in fourteenth place in the table ahead of this evening's game. Despite being backed by crowd regularly topping 900, Brendan Kelly's side had yet to win at home in the league so far with all three of their league wins so far this season coming on their travels. Kelly had continued to develop his squad with the recent additions of Stourbridge pair Michael Taylor and Greg Mills, adding established step three experience to his squad in a bid to move further up the league table


It was a bracing evening in Worcestershire as the Pitmen made the more assertive start to proceedings, with an early Tom Elliott corner kick headed narrowly over the crossbar by Kieran Morris in the fourth minute of the game


Elliott himself went even closer to opening the scoring with the away side's next effort in the eighth minute as Ben Bailey's throw-in found the midfielder on the edge of the Bromsgrove penalty area, allowing Elliott time and space to size up a dipping, curling shot that bounced off the top of Tony Breeden's crossbar


Bromsgrove's first foray into the Hednesford penalty area saw the powerful Michael Taylor find himself through on goal in the eleventh minute at the end of a Breeden kick, only for a last-ditch challenge from Bailey to deny the striker a clear sight at goal. From the follow-up, Shaquille McDonald lifted his effort just over Daniel Platt's crossbar from the edge of the penalty area


A minute later, Tom Taylor headed a corner kick just wide of the near post after beating Morris to an inswinging ball from the right flank as Sporting pressed


A quick break down the right from the Pitmen on fifteen minutes saw Matt Curley and Andoh combine to set Danny Glover away, with his low cross nearly turned into his own net by Tom Taylor as he slid in to cut the cross out for a Hednesford corner kick


Slightly against the run of play, Bromsgrove stole into the lead in the nineteenth minute through right-back Kieran Westwood, who followed his own throw-in into the penalty area as Will Shorrock played the ball back into his feet. The defender showed great composure to steady himself before firing across Platt and into the net from a tight angle to hand the hosts the lead


Despite this setback, the visitors continued to play some good attacking football, albeit a little over-indulgently in the final third at times as a lack of composure, coupled with taking too many touches, scuppered their chances of getting back into the game before half-time. New boy Elliot Hodge tried his luck with a venomous shot from range in the twenty-fifth minute, forcing ex-Hednesford loanee Breeden into a flying save to his right to keep the shot out


Another long throw from Bailey on twenty-eight minutes eventually fell to Andoh on the edge of the Bromsgrove penalty area, but his low shot lacked real pace or precision and dribbled wide of Breeden's post


A snap-shot from James Hurst forced Breeden into another fine save on thirty-two minutes, with Glover firing home from the rebound only to be denied a ninth goal of the season by a late offside flag on the far side


Michael Taylor forced Platt into another fine save for the Pitmen on thirty-eight minutes, shooting low from fifteen yards out and making the former Halesowen man dive to his left to palm the ball away from danger


With half-time looming, Hurst was booked for a hefty challenge on Kyle Lincoln in midfield as the two number 6s challenged for the ball in the centre-circle


Despite going in at half-time a goal down, the away side could feel fairly confident that their overall performance had been good and that an equaliser was very much a possibility if they continued to create the chances they had done in the first period. Alas, this was not to be the case at all, as Hayward's side wilted under the dull floodlights of the Victoria Ground with arguably their worst forty-five minutes of the campaign so far


The warning signs were in full view for the Pitmen in the fifty-second minute, as a quick break down the left saw Shorrock put clean through on goal. Andoh found himself as the covering defender and committed a sloppy challenge on Shorrockmas he ran in on goal, conceding a poor penalty and getting himself booked in the process. Incredibly, it was keeper Breeden who spotted the ball to take the resultant spot-kick, but his moment of glory was scuppered by a fine one-handed save by opposite number Platt, who turned Breeden's kick away to his left with a fine stop


Despite this let-off, the Pitmen failed to get themselves back into contention as Bromsgrove got the all-important second goal of the evening four minutes later; a deep cross from Shorrock out on the right found defender Nathan Hayward unmarked, with the centre-back volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from close range for his second goal of the season


Having fallen two goals behind, the Pitmen immediately responded with a double change on fifty-seven minutes as Kristian Scott and Kieran Wells came on in place of the ineffective wing pair of Andoh and Hodge


Elliott - still probing and picking our passes despite the scoreline - played a delightful ball into Glover on the hour mark, only for the striker to turn and fire horribly high and wide of goal with an effort from sixteen yards out


An error of judgement from skipper Bailey created an opening from which Bromsgrove grabbed their third goal of the night on sixty-six minutes, as he dwelled on the ball too long in the corner and allowed Michael Taylor to steal the ball off him. With much to do still, Taylor did well to hold off a half-hearted challenge from Bailey before somehow finding a way past Platt at his near post with an angled drive that beat the stopper and found the corner of the net. A poor goal conceded all round and indicative of how the night had shaped up for the visitors


With the game seemingly out of reach for the away side now, Hayward afforded talisman Elliott a well-earned rest on seventy-two minutes as he was replaced by Tom Fry in midfield


The experienced Mills was next to test Platt's reflexes on seventy-five minutes, driving in a shot from long-range that the Hednesford keeper turned away from goal to his right-hand side


At the other end, a rare effort from the Pitmen saw Fry test Breeden on seventy-seven minutes with a cross-cum-shot that the former Leamington keeper punched away from danger. The ball was recycled out on the left-wing, with a cross from Sam Griffiths headed wide by Fry


Wells perhaps summed the night up for the Pitmen with ten minutes remaining, as he shot horribly wide of goal from a good position after Reece King had flicked a Curley throw-in into his path, only for the striker to drag his right-footed effort wide of the far post


Fry was again denied by Breeden with seven minutes left, as Scott's clever through-ball out his fellow substitute through only for Breeden to make a fine diving stop to his right to deny Fry a first Hednedford goal


The Pitmen's woeful night was completed a minute later, as Bromsgrove broke quickly down the right and found substitute Richard Gregory, whose low shot from the edge of the area was too much for Platt as it flew past him en route to the bottom corner of the net


There was still time for Glover to fluff his lines once more, seizing on a bouncing ball from fifteen yards out but volleying just wide of goal from a good position, much to the delight of the home supporters who were finally witnessing a home league win this term over the league leaders 


A night to forget for the men in yellow then, with wins for Coalville and Tamworth dropping them down to third place in the table following tonight's round of games. It's another break from league action for the Pitmen on Saturday as they host Vanarama National League North side Boston United in the fourth qualifying round of the F.A. Cup looking to create another cup upset and earn a place in the first round proper of this season's competition

Bromsgrove Sporting: Breeden ©, Westwood, Wilson, Hayward, T. Taylor, Lincoln, Mills, Quaynor, McDonald (Gregory 68), M. Taylor (Dowd 84), Shorrock       Subs Unused: Rankin, Brown, Broadhurst


Hednesford Town: Platt, Curley , Griffiths, Bailey ©, Morris, Hurst , Hodge (Scott 57), King, Glover, Elliott (Fry 72), Andoh ▆ (Wells 57)     Subs Unused: Brown, Gatter


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