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> 28.3.2009

  Guiseley (1) 1   Hednesford Town (1) 2    

Hanson 21

Dyer 40, 73 (pen)

> Attendance   307 Current Form  LLWDW
 > MotM Decio Gomes

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Hednesford's play-off chances were given a boost this afternoon, as they came out of a hugely entertaining encounter at Nethermoor with three points, their first ever win over Guiseley in seven attempts. Manager dean Edwards, who had been busy chopping and changing his squad in the week, made a number of changes, but still the side took a familiar look. Sean Platt returned in place of the suspended Ben Bailey, with Anthony Maguire shunted back over to the left hand side of defence. Mark Briggs' exit on Thursday saw Elliott Durrell restored to the side, with joint top scorer Tyrone Barnett available again after suspension - he slotted back into the side after on-loan Matt Lewis returned to AFC Telford. On the bench, two new faces in the form of Matthew West and Jan Coulston appeared

With Guiseley having played three games already this week, the Pitmen could have expected the home side to be a little tired. As it was, Guiseley made the better start, as they looked for the crucial three points to lift them to the fringes of the play-off places. James Hanson, a scourge of previous Hednesford defences, looked sharp as his early turn and shot sailed wide of goal

The Pitmen got the ball down and started to play their passing game after ten minutes, but Durrell's fine looking through ball was cut out by a Guiseley defender as he attempted to find the onrushing Ross Dyer, who had made a move away from his marker

Edwards was forced into a change on eleven minutes with Maguire withdrawn due to an injury to his nose. Luke Edwards was introduced on the left hand side to give them width, with Tom Marshall assuming responsibilities at left-back

The hosts made light of their busy schedule, and took the lead mid-way through the half. Despite having ample opportunity to clear the ball, Hednesford's defence failed to clear the danger, and allowed Guiseley new boy James Walshaw to cut in from the left and fire in a shot that Stuart Brock did well to save. However, the ball ran loose, and Hanson was on hand to gleefully tap home the rebound

Hednesford were shaken into action, with Ross Draper giving one of his typically all-action performances in the centre of midfield. His commitment was being matched by Decio Gomes, who was giving Hanson little room to move

The Pitmen grew in confidence with Edwards charging up the left, and grabbed a priceless equaliser five minutes before half time. Dyer, the in-form of all three strikers, grabbed his 21st goal of the season, collecting the ball just inside the area before controlling it with his chest and firing past Piotr Skiba in the Guiseley goal, beating him at his near post with a low drive

With a strong wind blowing across the pitch, added to Guiseley's heavy schedule in the previous week, you got a sense that there may be more here for the taking than just a point for the Pitmen, who played some good football at the start of the second period. Dyer could have added to his tally with a header from a Sam Hall cross on fifty eight minutes, but Dave Merris was alert to head the ball off the line and away for a corner as it looped towards goal

The game was starting to flow from end to end, with the hosts nearly regaining the lead eight minutes later. Brock made a wonderful double save to deny Simeon Bambrook and Adam Muller, both from close range, with Muller holding his head in despair as it looked easier to score from the position he had got himself into

The game exploded into life as it entered the final twenty minutes. On seventy three minutes, the game turned on it's head, when Draper made a run behind the Guiseley defence. Picked out by Durrell, he ran into the area unchallenged, before taking the ball around Skiba. As he shaped to shoot, Skiba brought him down, leaving the referee with little choice but to send Skiba off and give the Pitmen a penalty - it was one of very few decisions the officials got right all game. On came Aaron Ratchford, the substitute keeper for the home side, who was promptly booked for standing behind his goal line before the penalty was taken. Dyer fired past the rookie to give the away side a precious lead

Guiseley's assistant manager Wayne Benn was sent from the dugout for protesting too vehemently a couple of minutes later, as his constant badgering of the assistant on the bench side saw the referee dismiss him

The final ten minutes saw the game stretched, as Guiseley attempted to rescue a point. They got a lifeline with six minutes left. What looked an untidy but fair challenge on Walshaw by Draper just inside the area was deemed enough for the referee to give a penalty kick, thus levelling matters from the spot. Anthony Lloyd stepped up, but his kick lacked power or direction, and Brock saved well to his left low down

Clearly lifted by this stroke of luck, the Pitmen made their way back down the other end, taking advantage of Guiseley's commitment to attack. In the final minute of the game, Durrell burst from midfield to collect a through ball, before taking it round the onrushing Ratchford. The substitute keeper brought him down in much the same manner as Skiba did on Draper, leaving the referee once again with on other option but to send the keeper off - much to the disgust of the home supporters. Dyer was given a chance to finish on a hat-trick with midfielder David Briggs taking overin goal, but crashed his penalty kick off the bar

In the five minutes of added time, Gomes came into his own, getting on the end of everything Guiseley threw into the box, with Danny Harvey ably assisting with some hefty punts out of the area

Three points lifts the Pitmen back into seventh place, and with a game in hand on the others above them, they could move into fourth place with a win at struggling Whitby on Tuesday night, with other results going their way in today's games  cds

Whitby Town (A)

1.4.2009
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Dyer (22)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. .. .
.2 Sean Platt 90

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UniBond Premier League 28.3.2009
.3 Anthony Maguire 11

Edwards

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.4 Decio Gomes 90

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.. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey 90

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. 1st Eastwood Town 36 74
.6 Tom Marshall 90

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2nd Ilkeston Town 34 70
.7 Sam Hall 90

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3rd Nantwich Town 34 65
.8 Elliott Durrell 90

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4th Bradford P A 36 63
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90

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5th Kendal Town 36 62
.10 Ross Dyer 90

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6th FC Utd of M'ster 37 61
.11 Ross Draper 90

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7th HEDNESFORD 35 60
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8th Guiseley 36 58
.12 Matthew West

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. 9th Ashton United 37 54
.14 Jan Coulston 0

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. 10th North Ferriby 35 52

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Luke Edwards 79

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Action from Nethermoor: 1. early substitute Luke Edwards gets involved  2. Goal! Ross Dyer fires home the winner from the spot.... 3. ... then celebrates with his team-mates

 

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