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Hednesford Town

O'Hanlon (38)

Wolverhampton Wanderers U23

Ashley-Seal (12), (35), Ennis (36), Campbell (45), Nya (58), Austin (84)

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James Hurst



Bangor City (H) 13.7.19

The Pitmen are brutally brought back down to earth this evening, as a pacy, talented young Wolves side clinically punished the home side with an impressive attacking display in front of a bumper Keys Park crowd


Saturday's convincing win over Heath Hayes had got the Pitmen off to a flying start in their pre-season programme, with Gary Hayward's side returning home looking to pitch themselves against a side brimming with International quality youngsters. Hayward was able to call upon the services of Tom Elliott and Danny Glover after the pair had missed Saturday's game but was still without new goalkeeper Daniel Platt. Former AFC Mansfield keeper Tom Crosby was brought in in place of veteran stopper Jose Veiga to cover for Platt's absence in one of three changes. Joey Evans - signed permanently after Hayward had agreed a deal with the youngster this week - was amongst the substitutes again after a bright cameo at Heath Hayes


Wolves - beaten 4-1 by an experienced Hednesford side last summer - brought a much stronger outfit to Keys Park for this evening's encounter, highlighting the increase in stature that being a Premier League club brings. Former PSG man Raphael Nya was to be the star of the show, showing his ability since joining the club last month from the French giants playing in a number of positions


On a pleasant evening at the newly-re-named PRG Stadium @ Keys Park, Hednesford very nearly got off to a flyer straight from the kick-off as Kieran Wells won the ball in the centre circle before setting Glover away down the left wing. Glover's low cross was just begging to be turned home, but the advancing Wells was a matter of inches away from tapping home an early goal for the hosts


The visitors responded with a good move down the right wing on five minutes, culminating in guest keeper Crosby pushing away a cross from triallist number two's low cross away from danger


Crosby was called upon to make another save two minutes later as Clem Campbell broke through the Hednesford offside trap to race onto a through ball, striking a shot that Crosby did well to parry. The rebound fell at the feet of Campbell once more, but Crosby did well to push the forward wide of goal and force him to work the ball back across goal. The ball eventually found midfielder Elliott Watt, whose long-range effort sailed over the crossbar


Wolves took the lead courtesy of a route one effort on fourteen minutes, as Elliott lost the ball cheaply inside the Wolves half and allowed John Kitolano to launch the ball forwards. Louis Ezewele was guilty of not following the first rule of being a centre-back - never let the ball bounce - and got caught ball-watching as it sailed over his head. Rangy striker Benny Ashley-Seal raced onto the through ball and calmly finished past Crosby to hand Wolves the lead


Back came the Pitmen, who thought that they had equalised four minutes later; the impressive James Hurst won the ball out on the right flank and drifted inside, crossing well for Kieran Wells to head the ball past Andreas Sondergaard in the Wolves goal. However, a late offside flag on the far side denied the burly striker a goal to add to his brace on Saturday as he confidently headed home


Crosby was forced into another save for the Pitmen on twenty-eight minutes, as another long ball from the back caught the Pitmen out again as they played a high line against their pacy opponents. Ashley-Seal was again on the end of it but struck his shot straight at the advancing keeper from fifteen yards out


More defensive indecision was to cost the Pitmen once more on the thirty-five minutes, as Kieran Morris's back pass caught Ezewele in no-mans land between himself and Crosby. Ashley-Seal once again took full advantage of the space in behind the Hednesford back line, outpacing Ezewele before taking it around Crosby and slotting home


A minute later, Ezewele was again at fault for the Pitmen as he gifted Wolves a third goal of the evening; a heavy touch from the centre-back handed possession to Ashley-Seal, who showed an unselfish side to his game as he squared the ball to allow Niall Ennis to fire home unchallenged


The Pitmen musted a response through an ex-Wolves youngster two minutes later, as Kristian Scott's cross was turned into the path of Ben O'Hanlon by Wells, allowing the left wing-back to fire home from twelve yards out for his second goal of the week


With the final chance of the half, however, Wolves grabbed a fourth goal of the game - and what a stunner it was too, as Campbell picked the ball up out on the left wing before drifting inside and unleashing an unstoppable shot from fully twenty-five yards that beat a bemused Crosby and settled in the far corner of the net


Half-time saw changes for both sides, as the Pitmen brought on Charlie Gatter for the hapless Ezewele at centre-back and Jack Hallahan for Liam Truslove in midfield


With both sides having made changes to their side, the game started to become scrappy as the second half played out, with neither team really taking the initiative in the early stages of the second period. Nya was to be the man to open up the Hednesford defence once more on fifty-eight minutes, as another long ball from the back found Nya in behind the Hednesford defence. Ben Bailey and Crosby got in each other's way as they attempted to snuff out the danger, with the ball flying up into the air and allowed the French youngster to nod the ball into the empty net with both Bailey and Crosby once again getting their wires crossed


The Pitmen continued to plug away despite the scoreline, with Glover and Wells again linking up well on the hour mark as Wells broke down the right and played the ball into the feet of his new strike partner, only for Glover to fire narrowly wide of goal


More changes followed for the Pitmen, with Evans coming on in midfield to replace Elliott on sixty-one minutes, followed a few minutes later with a double change that saw Matt Curley come on for Scott and teenager Ollie Waddison replace the hardworking Kieran Wells. Kieran's brother Brad had also replaced the tiring Glover up front just before the double change


A wild effort from Austin Samuel prevented Wolves from going further ahead on seventy minutes, lashing his shot high over the bar after being played in behind the Hednesford defence from the excellent Nya


A flowing move from the Pitmen on seventy-four minutes saw Waddison and Hallahan tee up Hurst down the right, with Hurst's low shot turned away by substitute keeper Jamie Pardington at his near post


The scoring was complete with six minutes of the game left, as Samuel was rewarded for a decent cameo appearance with the sixth goal of the night for Wolves. It was neat finish from the striker, placing the ball beyond the reach of Crosby from the edge of the penalty area to cushion his shot into the corner of the net


There was still time for Hednesford to have another great chance to add to their goal tally for the night, as a break down the wing saw Brad Wells send over a fine cross that Hurst - now playing in midfield - headed firmly against the base of the post from fully twelve yards out


A good workout for both teams and a great night for the Pitmen and their coffers with a 1,000 plus crowd in attendance. Saturday sees the Pitmen put their wits against opponents more akin to their league position, as they face Welsh second-tier side Bangor City at home looking to get back to winning ways after being handed a footballing lesson from a very impressive young Wolves side


Hednesford Town: Crosby, Hurst, O'Hanlon, Bailey ©, Morris, Ezewele (Gatter 45), Scott (Curley 68), Elliott (Evans 61), Glover (B. Wells 63), K. Wells (Waddison 68), Truslove (Hallahan 45)     Subs Unused: Griffiths, Lycett, Veiga


Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sondergaard (Pardington 45), Triallist, Nya, Eo © (Thompson 45), Cameron, Kitolano, Diallo (Hong 70), Watt (Agboula 58), Ashley-Seal (Samuels 65), Campbell (Hanne 70), Ennis      Subs Unused: Dai, He

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