> 9.2.2008

  Lincoln United (0) 0   Hednesford Town (0) 2    

Pedro 68, May 80 > Attendance   153 Current Form  DDDLW
 > MotM Rob Davies


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The Pitmen recent spluttering form was given a shot in the arm this afternoon, as they saw off rock-bottom Lincoln United at Ashby Avenue. Manager Phil Starbuck, having swung the axe after the Frickley debacle the previous week, made a number of changes, with the departed David Ayres and Chris White replaced by new signing Rob Davies and David Brown respectively. Starbuck's other new boy, the exotically-named N'Diwa Lord-Kananga, filled one of the places on the bench

The first action of the game saw a former Hednesford player in the wars, as winger Chris Adam collided with keeper Ben Scott as the Hednesford number one cleared the ball. As a result of his injuries, Adam only lasted nine minutes before being replaced

The Pitmen were clearly in the mood to shake off the depressing manner of defeat a week previously, and they pushed the struggling home side back with a number of attacks and set-pieces. Rory May, playing for only the second time since joining the club, was making life difficult for the Lincoln defenders, using his giant frame to create half chances for Ross Dyer and David Brown early on

For Lincoln, there were brief moments of pressure during the first quarter, with Andy Toyne and Karl Colley both threatening for the hosts. Colley tested Scott's reflexes soon after, but the Pitmen's number one was not overly troubled with the shot

David Brown could have improved his already impressive starts-to-goals ratio on twenty minutes, but pulled his hot wide of goal after Ross Dyer had set him up. Soon after, Ben Brown almost scored against his former club, but Lincoln keeper Lee walker beat him to the ball by inches

It was all Hednesford as the half drew to a close, with Ross Dyer firing wide, closely followed by David Brown taking too long to shoot, and was tackled by a Lincoln defender inside the area

Lincoln had seen plenty of the ball throughout the first half, and continued to play some good stuff in the second half, making their placing of 21st in the league look a little false at times. However, the Pitmen stuck to their task manfully, with May continuing to bully the Lincoln defence with a turn and shot wide of goal

Finally, the away side's persistence paid off, with substitute Mario Pedro, on for David Brown, grabbed the all-important goal. A corner from the excellent Davies was touched on by both Ross Dyer and May, allowing the Portuguese winger to turn the ball home from close in

The confidence that the goal gave the Pitmen allowed them to settle down, with Davies and Chad Sheppard doing a fantastic job in the centre of midfield

The visitors wrapped up the three points with ten minutes to go; Pedro's run and cross found Ross Dyer, whose header back across dropped to May, who could not miss from close range for his first goal for the club

Lincoln's goal threat had long subsided before then, with their dreadful run continuing. For the Pitmen, this win, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, moved them up to an unbelievable eighth place in the league, from their fourteenth place at the start of the day. Despite this win, you still feel that the Pitmen will be looking behind them rather than above them, at least until they have chalked up another three or four wins anyway  cds

Marine (A) 

Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Dyer (11)
. 1 Ben Scott 90
. 2 Sam Hall 90 UniBond Premier League 9.2.2008
. 3 Ross Adams 90 Top Half
 .4 Rob Davies 90 Pos Team Played Points
. 5 Ben Brown 90 1st Witton Albion 27 65
. 6 Tom Birch  90 2nd Fleetwood Town 24 55
..7 Ross Dyer 90 3rd Gateshead 24 49
.8 Chad Sheppard 90 4th Eastwood Town 28 48
.9 Rory May 90 1 5th Buxton 24 46
.10 David Brown 54 Pedro 6th Marine 27 45
.11 Wayne Dyer 90 7th Guiseley 24 43
Substitutes 8th HEDNESFORD 26 33
.12 Mario Pedro 36   D. Brown   1 9th Matlock Town 27 33
.14 Alan Nagington 0 10th Stamford 27 33


N'Diwa Lord-Kananga 0

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