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> 18.10.2008

  Hednesford Town (1) 3    Quorn (1) 1    

Quorn Dyer 3, 87, Barnett 21

Jenkins 25

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 > MotM Tyrone Barnett

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The Pitmen made it safely through to Monday's draw for the next round of the F.A. Trophy courtesy of a competent win over a hard-working Quorn side from UniBond Division One. With no new injury worries ahead of the game, manager Dean Edwards went for the same side that had beaten Buxton in midweek. He added Shane O'Reilly to the bench to make up the required five substitutes for this first qualifying round tie

And what a start it was for the home side, as they swept into an third minute lead. Ross Dyer made progress down the left hand side after collecting a Tyrone Barnett flick-on, before driving the ball across the face of goal. Quorn keeper Craig Jones made a terrible mess of it all, allowing the ball to squirm under his body and find the far corner of the net

Dyer's confidence since finding his goalscoring form again was noticeable, as he used his pace to sprint away from the Quorn defence on eight minutes, beating the onrushing Jones as he did so. In his attempts to pull the ball back to his strike partner Barnett, he only found Quorn's Rory Squire, who cleared the ball away or a corner

Quorn were struggling to keep up with the pace of the Pitmen going forward, and Barnett was presented with another scoring opportunity after a flowing move involving Elliott Durrell and Anthony Maguire. Jones, on this occasion, was well placed to save at the foot of his near post

The visitors responded by putting together some neat passing moves inside the Pitmen's half, forcing the Hednesford defenders to deal with three corners in quick succession

Despite this, the Pitmen were still dominating the possession and creating the better chances, and the deadly duo of Dyer and Barnett combined to put the Pitmen two up mid-way through the first half. A cross from Durrell found Dyer, who headed the ball back towards the front post, where Barnett was lurking. He managed to loop his foot around the ball and hook the ball into the corner of the net in typical poacher's style to score his ninth goal of the campaign

Quorn refused to lie down and accept their fate, and within five minutes got themselves back in the match. A long ball over the top found former Hednesford striker Justin Jenkins free, with the big striker given time to control the ball and shoot. Stuart Brock did brilliantly to block Jenkins' first effort, but could only parry the ball straight back to the man who never scored for the Pitmen, with Jenkins gleefully knocking home the rebound

Quorn had their tails up for a short spell after their goal, and continued to ask questions of the Hednesford defence. Jenkins again managed to get enough time to shoot, but Brock's presence put him off and he fired over

Hednesford's second half performance showed plenty of willing, but the chances that came their way failed to kill off a resolute Quorn side. Barnett knew little of a miscued ball from Draper that hit him en route to goal and went wide of the target, followed minutes later by another chance for the Hednesford number nine that Jones saved at his feet

On came Adam Burley for the tiring Sam Hall on the hour mark, as Edwards looked to freshen up his side and grab a killer third goal

Mark Briggs tried his luck in front of goal on sixty thee minutes, firing straight at Jones from around the penalty spot after he had picked up a long throw from Tom Marshall

Dyer and Barnett both wasted good chances inside the area, with Jones saving from Dyer and Barnett heading well over the bar from Durrell's cross

Durrell was to see no more action, as he was taken off in favour of the combative Chad Sheppard. A few minutes later, Danny Harvey had to be replaced after suffering a dead leg. Scott Stamps came in to replace the young centre back

Burley almost opened his account for the Pitmen ten minutes from time, but Jones acrobatically tipped his header over the bar for a corner

Barnett went searching for his tenth goal of the season a minute later, beating the Quorn offside trap, but firing straight at Jones, rather than laying the ball off to either Dyer or Briggs

Quorn could have taken the game to a replay with five minutes to go, but Brett Darby missed the target with a rising shot that only just cleared Brock's crossbar

Any fears of 'another Atherstone' were allayed with three minutes left - in comical fashion. A Briggs cross to the back post looked to be drifting out of play, with no white shirt in the vicinity. Quorn's Anthony Marriott somehow managed to screw the ball onto his own post, before the ball hit Jones and ended up at the feet of the grateful Dyer, who had the simple task of poking the ball over the line cds

Ilkeston Town (A) 

25.10.2008
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Barnett (9)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. .. .
.2 Sam Hall 60

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. UniBond Premier League 18.10.2008
.3 Anthony Maguire 90 . . Top Half
.4 Decio Gomes 90 .. .. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey 75

Stamps

. 1st HEDNESFORD 14 30
.6 Tom Marshall 90 .

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2nd Ilkeston Town 12 25
.7 Mark Briggs 90

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. 3rd Marine 9 21
.8 Elliott Durrell 64

Sheppard

. 4th Guiseley 12 21
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90

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5th Bradford P A 11 21
.10 Ross Dyer 90 .

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6th Kendal Town 10 20
.11 Ross Draper 90

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7th Ashton United 12 20
Substitutes 8th Eastwood Town 11 19
.12 Chad Sheppard

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Durrell

. . 9th North Ferriby  11 17
.14 Adam Burley 30

Hall

. 10th Leigh Genesis 11 16

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Reece Styche 0

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Scott Stamps 15

Harvey

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Shane O'Reilly 0

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Action from Keys Park:  1. goalscorer Ross Dyer is pulled up by an offside flag  2. Tyrone Barnett is congratulated after his first half goal   3. Anthony Maguire flying down the wing for the Pitmen

 

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