DATE  18.10.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Barwell  BARWELL (0) 2
 Julien (82), Hickey (90)
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (0) 0
MoTM  Calum Flanagan
TOP SCORERS  Carline/Singh (7)
FORM GUIDE  L  W  D  D  W  L  W  L  W  L  L
1st Whitby Town 16 31
2nd Buxton 16 31
3rd Blyth Spartans 16 30
4th Rushall Olympic 15 29
5th Warrington Town 17 26
7th Ashton United 16 25
8th Spennymoor Town 12 24
9th Matlock Town 13 22
10th Mickleover Sports 16 22
11th Halesowen Town 15 22
12th Nantwich Town 12 19
A lacklustre, pedestrian performance from the Pitmen saw them crash to a second defeat in four days this evening, this time at struggling Barwell

Saturday's narrow defeat to Blyth Spartans had given manager Liam McDonald much to ponder ahead of kick off; Lloyd Ransome, Michael Williams, Joel Logan and Gurjit Singh all returned to the starting line-up in a drastic shake-up to the first XI, with Dan Crane, Lewis Wright, Ashley Sammons and Danny Glover all making way

Barwell had spent much of the season so far in the lower reaches of the Evo-Stik Premier League, starting proceedings in seventeenth place. They managed to eke out a 0-0 draw with Ashton United at the weekend, following on from a narrow defeat at fellow strugglers Ilkeston last week

Ransome justified his inclusion with a superb early save to deny Nathan Edgington, making a brilliant stop low down to deny the striker

The Pitmen responded through midfielder George carline on fifteen minutes, with Carline's header easily saved by Barwell keeper Max Smith-Varnam

The Pitmen struggled to create further openings in a disjointed first half display, with Tristian Dunkley and Gurjit Singh well shackled by the Barwell defence

Indeed, it was Barwell who offered more of a threat going forwards, with Ransome forced into another save on twenty minutes, turning a powerful Declan Towers header away from goal

The Pitmen were dealt a blow to their formation on twenty nine minutes, as centre back James Mutton was forced off with a head injury. Wright came on in his place, with Williams moving to centre back to cover for Mutton

Barwell skipper Brady Hickey saw a long range shot whistle inches past the post as half time approached, with McDonald no doubt glad to get his players back in at half time to regroup after a ponderous half of football

The Pitmen started the second half with more purpose, with Barwell's Liam Kay almost heading into his own net from a Tom Thorley cross on fifty five minutes

The visitors made their second change of the evening on sixty three minutes, with Jamie Matthews coming on in place of Dunkley

Neither side could fashion a clear opening during the next twenty minutes, with the game looking to be heading for an uninspiring point apiece. With fifteen minutes remaining, Sammons was brought on in place of the poor Simeon Maye to play behind Singh and Matthews

 The game turned on it's head as it entered the final ten minutes, with Barwell stealing into the lead on eighty two minutes; a ball into the penalty dropped to Nigel Julien, who had made a late run into the penalty area. He slotted past Ransome from close range after reacting quickest to the loose ball

 With the game entering added time, Barwell put the game out of the Pitmen's reach with a killer second goal - Hickey unleashed an unstoppable shot from twenty yards out, beating Ransome and finding the top corner of the net

The Pitmen leave Leicestershire having turned in in arguably their worst ninety minutes of the season, and will look to halt their alarming lack of form with victory at basement club Skelmersdale United on Saturday
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Lloyd Ransome 90  
Michael Williams 90    
Cohen Bramall 90
Simeon Maye 75 Sammons  
James Mutton 29 Wright  
Calum Flanagan 90    
Joel Logan 90    
Tom Thorley 90    
Tristian Dunkley 63 Matthews  
Gurjit Singh 90    
George Carline 90    
Dan Crane 0    
Jamie Matthews 27 Dunkley  
Lewis Wright 61 Mutton  
Ashley Sammons 15 Maye  
Danny Glover 0