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Hednesford Town


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Tom Thorley


Coalville Town (A) 18.3.17

There are many words to best describe the Pitmen's performance today; disinterested, disjointed, laboured, effortless and several other, stronger phrases. Either way, the players and management should be sitting uneasily this evening after Hednesford turned in what could be perceived as their worst display of the season to allow play-off chasing Workington to canter to a win, playing the majority of the game with only ten men


Rumours around Keys Park suggested that this would be the caretaker management team's final game in charge, with a new manager likely to be appointed on Monday morning a full five weeks after Paul Casey resigned. There had still been plenty of activity coming in and out during the previous week though, despite the imminent arrival of the new man at the helm, with George Cater, Joe Ballinger, Louis Danquah and Bradley Peace-McDonald all arriving at the club yesterday and Kyle Haynes heading out of the club


Workington arrived at Keys Park off the back of a narrow win over relegation-threatened Marine in midweek, recovering from a shock defeat to rock-bottom Skelmersdale United the previous Tuesday which had put a dent in the play-off ambitions of the Reds. Manager ... made .. changes to the side that had come away from Merseyside with three points on Tuesday night 


The Pitmen made a bright start on a dreadful, degrading surface at Keys Park, and created several good openings in the opening quarter of the game. Jacob Simpson's miscued backpass to keeper Aaran Taylor almost gifted the Pitmen an early opener, but his fifth-minute ball just missed the left-hand post and went out for a corner kick


A great run from George Washbourne saw the winger lift the ball over the top of Taylor a minute later, only to be denied by a clearance from Kyle May


Workington's response saw off-target efforts from Dave Symington and Scott Allison fail to test Dan Crane in the Hednesford goal


Danny Glover went close to adding to his twelve goals for the season on fifteen minutes, as he seized upon a short header from May to lift the ball over the advancing Taylor and the crossbar with a rising shot that Taylor got a touch on with his arm


The visitors forced several corners kicks out of the Pitmen midway through the first half but failed to test the Hednesford back line with Nat Brown and Dan Brenan playing well again at centre back


A game lacking in any real quality sparked into life on thirty-five minutes, as a strong challenge from Washbourne on James earl prompted an angry response from the Workington midfielder, who showed poor discipline in pushing the winger over in an angry reaction. The referee was left with no choice but to send Earl off for violent conduct, leaving Workington a man short for the remainder of the game


 Washbourne himself incurred the wrath of the referee just before half time, as a high challenge prompted the official to show Washbourne a yellow card


Whatever was said to the players at the half time failed to have the desired effect - in fact, it appeared to have the opposite effect - as the Pitmen turned in a dreadful second-half display that allowed Workington to take charge of the game


Washbourne's early toe-poker at Taylor was as good as it got for the hosts, with the midfield man taken off early in the second half to prevent him from being sent off after a couple of over-the-top challenges on Workington players. He was replaced by Jordan Fitzpatrick, who slotted into the centre of midfield


The Pitmen, for some reason, struggled to keep the ball for any length of time throughout the second half, giving the ball away cheaply and failing to utilise their numerical advantage by using the width of the pitch to drag Workington out of position. Lewis Wright and Fitzpatrick were particularly guilty of wasting possession in good positions, with Tony Clarke also losing the ball cheaply to a composed Workington defence


Workington took full advantage of the home side's lack of desire and quality and took the lead with their first-ever goal at Keys Park on the hour mark. Connor Tinnion's deep free-kick found May lurking at the far post, with the centre back heading firmly home above Wright to open the scoring for the ten men


Clarke's game ended on sixty-four minutes, with new signing Cater given chance to show his worth up front in place of the luckless former Lichfield City man


Glover was still looking to produce a spark for the Pitmen, as he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area on sixty-nine minutes, turning and shooting from twenty yards out that was straight into the arms of Taylor


As the Pitmen looked to commit more men going forwards, the gaps started to appear at the back, with Workington almost taking advantage on seventy-two minutes through Nathan Waterston, who raced onto a Jake Simpson through ball before firing into the side netting from a tight angle


Another new face emerged from the bench to try and rescue a point for the Pitmen on seventy-four minutes as Mansfield Town loanee Danquah came on for the desperately disappointing David McDermott, who had barely featured in the game own the left-wing


The substitution failed to have the desired approach though, as Workington doubled their lead a minute later through a comedy of errors in defence from the Pitmen. wright's header back towards Crane was woefully short, allowing Waterston to nip in and lob the ball over the horribly exposed Crane and into the net to settle the game in Workington's favour


The Pitmen moved Nat Brown forwards to give them more physical presence, dropping Glover into midfield in the process


Brown did test Taylor's reflexes with eleven minutes remaining, striking a bobbling shot that was an easy save for the Workington keeper


Cater joined Washbourne in the book on eighty-three minutes, sliding in on May and seemingly making no contact, but deeming it a poor enough challenge with intent to earn a yellow card


A frustrating final few minutes for the home side saw Glover's shot blocked by Rob Wilson and Brown's downward header cleared off the line by Gari Rowntree as the Pitmen pushed for a goal, all in vain however


A demoralising defeat for the Pitmen and their supporters, leaving any lingering play-off hopes now put to bed with another 2017 defeat. The new manager has got a lot of work ahead of them to garner any team spirit in the remaining ten games as the Pitmen already start to look towards the 2017-2018 season after a rollercoaster campaign


Hednesford Town: Crane, Wright, Campion, McNaught, Brown, Brenan, Washbourne  (Fitzpatrick 59), Thorley ©, Glover, Clarke (Cater 64 ), McDermott (Danquah 75)      Subs Unused: Ransome, Ballinger


 Workington: Taylor, Simpson, Smith, May, Calvert, Earl, Symington (Rowntree 46), Wilson, Allison, Joel (Waterston 69), Tinnion       Subs Unused: Ryan, Douglas, Cham

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