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Hednesford kicked off their third season in the UniBond Premier League with a point at relegation favourites Ossett Town this afternoon - although it really should have been all three points, considering the number of chances that fell to the Pitmen over the ninety minutes. Manager Dean Edwards, missing three players due to suspensions carried over into the new season, gave former Cheltenham midfielder Adam Connolly his first start for the club, whilst only naming four substitutes due to Nicky Carter's late withdrawal due to illness

On an unusually bright day in Ossett, the away side started well,  lining up in their smart new sky blue change kit. It only took five minutes for Ross Dyer, the scorer of the winner in last season's corresponding fixture, to get a shot in on target, diverting Louie Briscoe's cross goalwards, but watched as Ossett's keeper Liam Richardson made the save

The home side responded two minutes later, winning a free kick in a good position after a foul by Connolly. Despite the advantageous position, Tom Claisse wasted the chance, blasting over the bar when a flighted ball seemed the better option

The officials were to have a poor afternoon overall, giving some highly questionable decisions to either side. The Pitmen were denied a golden opportunity by an offside flag from the assistant out on the right, pulling up Dyer as he raced onto a ball from Anthony Maguire, clear of the Ossett defence

Briscoe was enjoying a fine start, teasing the Ossett defence with his mixture of power and skill. He managed to manoeuvre his way to the edge of the area and force Richardson into another save on ten minutes

Despite being on top of the game, the Pitmen then found themselves a goal down, as Ossett scored with their first meaningful shot of the game. The Hednesford defence made a complete hash of clearing the ball from the right, allowing Darren Thornton to seize the ball and fire past Stuart Brock into the far top corner of the net

Tyrone Barnett was typically breezy up front, forcing Ossett to play the ball along the line, something they seemed to have problems with. His persistence almost paid off on twenty minutes, as he pounced on Rob Pacey's poor header back to Richardson, but was denied by the Ossett number one at the last second

Ossett replied with a great chance of their own, with Ben Hardy almost adding to the host's advantage. His run into the area saw him fire a shot across goal and only narrowly wide of the far post

Richardson was having a great game in the Ossett goal, and his save on twenty seven minutes was the best of the afternoon. Tom Marshall's run and cross was met by Barnett at the near post, but his shot was brilliantly turned over by Richardson for a corner

He was quickly back into the action a minute later, denying Briscoe after the Pitmen's number eight turned his man inside out and fired in a shot from the right hand side of the area

As half time approached, the Pitmen turned up the heat, with Barnett firing just wide of goal via a deflection. From the corner, Harvey rose to head home, but the referee decided he wanted to be centre stage and disallowed the goal for a previous push

The second half was very similar in it's play; the Pitmen having all of the possession and chances, Ossett defending diligently, relying on Richardson to keep the visitors at bay. He was in action within two minutes of the restart, standing his ground to confidently save from Briscoe

Connolly was next to be denied by the impressive Richardson, watching his long-range shot all the way into his hands after the new boy had collected a ball from Mark Briggs

The frustrations grew for the Pitmen as the half wore on, with Sean Platt only inches away from equalising on fifty five minutes, but his attempt to reach Dyer's cross was narrowly short

Brock was in danger of becoming bored, as Ossett offered very little going forward. He was required on the hour mark, however, coming out to smother a shot from Longstaff

Another offside flag denied Briscoe on sixty eight minutes, and you started to get the felling it may not be the Pitmen's day - something we have grown accustomed to over the years. However, eight minutes later they finally got the breakthrough their efforts deserved. Barnett's cross from the right was glanced home by Briscoe at the far post to level the game

Tails up, the away side charged forward in search of a winner. Richardson denied Barnett again with a fine save four minutes later, before Briscoe had a late chance to win it, but fluffed his chance in front of goal

Dean Edwards admitted he was disappointed after the game, stating he had never seen such a one-sided one-one draw. The stats tell as much, with the Pitmen needing to sharpen up in front of goal ahead of the visit of Nantwich on Tuesday night  cds

Nantwich Town (H) 

19.8.2008
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Briscoe (1)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. ..
.2 Sean Platt 90 . . UniBond Premier League 16.8.2008
.3 Anthony Maguire 90 . . Top Half
.4 Decio Gomes 90 .. .. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey  65 Junior . 1st Marine 1 3
.6 Tom Marshall 90 . . 2nd Bradford P A 1 3
.7 Mark Briggs 90 . . 3rd Buxton 1 3
.8 Louie Briscoe 89 Morris 1 4th Eastwood Town 1 3
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90 . . 5th Guiseley 1 3
.10 Ross Dyer 90 . . 6th FC Utd of M'ster 1 1
.11 Adam Connolly 90 . .. 7th Matlock Town 1 1
Substitutes 8th Ashton United 1 1
.12 Orlando Junior 25   Harvey   . 9th Frickley Athletic 1 1
.14 Scott Stamps 0 . . 10th HEDNESFORD 1 1

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Elliott Durrell 0 . ..

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Chris Morris 1 Briscoe 1

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Action from Ingfield: 1. skipper Tom Marshall gets stuck in for the Pitmen  2. goalscorer Louise Briscoe wrong-foots his marker  3. Goal! Briscoe (number 8) is mobbed after grabbing the all-important equaliser

 

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