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> 15.11.2008

  Hednesford Town (1) 3   Kendal  Town (3) 3    

Kendal Town Platt (pen) 18, Barnett 84, Burley 90

Taylor 10, Hallam 12, Osman 22

> Attendance   564 Current Form  WWWLD
 > MotM Elliott Durrell

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Hednesford earned quite possibly their toughest point of the season this afternoon, as a late goal from Adam Burley concluded a high scoring, and at times brutal, confrontation with fellow high-flyers Kendal. Manager Dean Edwards stuck with the side that had looked tired on Monday in the defeat at Ashton. There was one notable change on the bench, however, with the highly-experienced Trevor Benjamin making up the numbers after signing for the club

The Pitmen, backed by the biggest crowd of the season at Keys Park, started well, playing with their usual up-tempo style. However, with their first real attack of the game, Kendal took an early lead. The impressive Alex Taylor picked the ball up wide on the right, and crossed into the box. The ball deceived everyone, including Stuart Brock in the Pitmen's goal, and dropped over Brock's head and find the far corner of the net

Kendal hit the Pitmen with a sucker punch two minutes later, as they extended their lead. Taylor's cross found Tony Hallam in the area, and he headed past Brock after a vital slip from marker Danny Harvey

The Pitmen were shocked - it was only the second time this season they had been two goals adrift, and that game saw them lose to North Ferriby on their own patch. Kendal's driving approach to the game had caught them out and left them with a mountain to climb

That mountain became more of a hill six minutes later, as they reduced the deficit. Harvey and Hallam had a coming-together in the Kendal area, leaving the referee no choice but to award the Pitmen a penalty. Rather than one of the usual suspects taking it, right wing back Sean Platt stepped up to fire confidently past David Newnes in the Kendal goal

The game was being played at a frantic pace, with an almost cup-tie feel to it as both sides went hell for leather going forward. Mid-way through the half, the visitors regained their two goal advantage. A free kick on Kendal's left was floated in by Taylor, finding the head of Carl Osman, who beat the Hednesford defence to it to head past Brock - it was the first time this season the Pitmen had conceded three goals in a game

The game started to turn aggressive, as players from both sides ended up in the book. The referee was in danger of losing control of the game as a number of challenges either went unpunished or were simply missed by a poor set of officials

The aggressive tone to the game came to a head towards the end of the first period. Ross Draper, relishing the kind of physical threat thrown down by Kendal, won a ball on halfway as he looked to get his side going again. The man robbed of the ball, Callum Warburton, obviously took a dislike to Draper's challenge and consequently attempted to punch Draper in the head. Such a blatant act of dangerous play made the decision simple - a straight red card for the Kendal man

The Pitmen emerged for the second half with one clear goal  - to get into the game as quickly as possible against the ten men of Kendal

They started well, with the bright, sparky Elliott Durrell always looking for the killer ball. He was first to test Newnes three minutes after the restart, volleying towards goal after being set up by Tyrone Barnett

The Pitmen were clearly in the mood to go for it, with Durrell again making Newnes work for Kendal, heading towards goal but  watching as the keeper managed to get his hands on

The eagerly-awaited appearance of Benjamin came a little earlier than come may have expected, with the former Hereford man replacing Harvey as the Pitmen adjusted their shape to compensate for a more attacking formation

Benjamin had been on the pitch barely five minutes before he was presented with a chance. Draper's ball to him allowed Benjamin time to pick his shot, firing low at goal but seeing Newnes equal to it

A raft of changes changed the dynamic of the game during the second half, with Sam Hall replacing Platt and Adam Burley coming on in place of Maguire, with both players encouraged to 'bomb on' in the latter stages of the half

There was very little in the way of an attacking threat from the away side, with their defence being heavily reliant on to hold on to the lead they had

They managed to hold out until six minutes from time, when the Pitmen's pressure eventually told. Burley made a marauding run into the Kendal half, before sending over an inviting cross that found top scorer Barnett. His header beat Newnes and dropped over the line, despite the keeper's best efforts to fool everyone that it had not gone in

From there on in, it was a siege, as the Pitmen bombarded the Kendal goal. Half chances came and went, with Durrell and Ross Dyer both denied by a series of last-ditch tackles and unfavourable bobbles

As the game entered added time, the Pitmen launched one last attack. Marshall's lofted ball into the Kendal area found Draper, whose flick header fell perfectly for the onrushing Burley, who fired home a late  - and for many relieved supporters - deserved, equaliser

A well earned point as stated, but with Guiseley now hot on the Pitmen's heels at the top of the UniBond Premier League, they cannot afford too many slip-ups like this especially with Guiseley visiting Keys Park in three weeks timecds

Hyde United (A) FAT

22.11.2008
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Barnett (12)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. ..

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.2 Sean Platt 77

Hall

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UniBond Premier League 15.11.2008
.3 Anthony Maguire 67

Burley

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.4 Decio Gomes 90 .. .. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey 57

Benjamin

. 1st HEDNESFORD 19 40
.6 Tom Marshall 90 .

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2nd Guiseley 15 33
.7 Mark Briggs  90

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. 3rd North Ferriby 18 32
.8 Elliott Durrell 90

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. 4th Kendal Town 17 32
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90

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5th Marine 18 30
.10 Ross Dyer 90 .

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6th Bradford P A 18 29
.11 Ross Draper 90

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7th Ashton United 18 28
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8th Ilkeston Town 16 28
.12 David Brown

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. . 9th Nantwich Town 16 27
.14 Scott Stamps 0

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. 10th Eastwood Town 14 26

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Sam Hall 13

Platt

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Adam Burley 23

Maguire

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Trevor Benjamin 33

Harvey

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