DATE  26.11.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (0) 1
 Sammons (84) (penalty)
Coalville Town  COALVILLE TOWN (0) 2
 McDonald (67), Torr (90)
MoTM  Tom Thorley
TOP SCORER  George Carline (9)
FORM GUIDE  W  L  L  W  W  W  W  D  L  L  L
1st Whitby Town 21 41
2nd Buxton 21 40
3rd Rushall Olympic 21 39
4th Blyth Spartans 19 37
6th Matlock Town 19 34
7th Warrington Town 22 33
8th Spennymoor Town 19 32
9th Ashton United 22 32
10th Stourbridge 19 32
11th Nantwich Town 17 31
12th Workington 20 30
Paul Casey's Hednesford revolution is still waiting to get started, as the new manager's home debut was marred by arguably the team's worst performance of the season as they crashed to league new boys Coalville this afternoon

Last weekend's defeat to in-form Matlock had given Casey plenty to mull over during the week, with news emerging on Monday of an agreement between the Pitmen and Solihull Moors for the sale of top scorer George Carline. Casey moved quickly to cover off the sale of the nine-goal midfielder with the triple swoop for midfielders Jamie Sheldon and Reece Leek, as well as strengthening is threadbare squad with the re-signing of Kyle Rowley from Rugby Town

Coalville - promoted via the Evo-Stik Division One South play-offs last term - had found the going tough at step three, with inconsistency in their results hampering progress for Tom Brookbanks' side. Former Worksop and Bradford (Park Avenue) striker Massiah McDonald was the man in form for the Ravens as they arrived at Keys park for the very first time on a wet afternoon in Staffordshire

A cagey start from both sides gave way to a great chance for the visitors in the twelfth minute, as Alex Dean's ball through to Kyle Bryant, whose shot on the stretch cleared Dan Crane's crossbar

Crane was called upon to make a great save two minutes later, as McDonald's charge down the centre saw him play Ryan Robbins through. His first time shot was brilliantly turned around the post by Crane for a Coalville corner

Calum Flanagan had to be alert to deny Robbins a clear sight at goal on twenty two minutes, heading bravely away at the far post to deny Robbins a tap-in after Jack McMillan had whipped in a cross to the far post

McDonald went closest to opening the scoring a minute later, firing in a shot that came back off the post with the Pitmen all at sea in defence

The one-way nature of the game continued after the half hour mark, as Jamie McAteer headed narrowly wide from a McMillan cross, followed by another far post header from Steve Towers that was inches away from finding the net

With seven minutes remaining in the first half, Robbins fired a volley just over the crossbar with the Pitmen once again allowing Coalville time and space to create an opportunity

Half time saw the Pitmen forced into a defensive change, with James Mutton forced off due to injury. Dan Brenan came on in his place for his Keys park debut following his move from Loughborough University ten day ago

Coalville started the second period well, with Crane making a smart stop on fifty three minutes to deny McDonald from a direct free kick after Rowley has clumsily brought down Bryant

Big Tony Clarke was handed a Hednesford debut on fifty six minutes, brought on in place of the ineffective Tristian Dunkley up front

The tricky McDonald created an opening for himself on the hour mark, cutting inside Rowley and Brenan before unleashing a low drive across goal that flashed just past Crane's post

The Ravens finally got the goal their incessant pressure deserved in the sixty seventh minute, gifted to them through a stray ball from Ashley Sammons; the midfielder's loose pass back was seized upon by Robbins, who  tried his luck with a first time shot. Crane did well to block not one, but two strikes, but could do nothing to stop McDonald scoring his sixth goal of the season from close range on the rebound

The disinterested Gurjit Singh was replaced in the sixty eighth minute, with Sheldon given a chance to impress for the first time

The goal seemed to force the Pitmen into making a game of it at long last, with Tony Clarke's run and cross blocked by a Coalville defender before it could reach Jamie Matthews

The Pitmen started to exert some pressure on the Coalville defence, and were rewarded in the eighty fourth minute with a penalty kick after Tom Thorley was fouled in the penalty area. Sammons stepped up and atoned for his earlier error by firing past Sean Bowles in the Coalville goal to level matters once more

However, it would have been an injustice on Coalville for them not to have taken all three points from a game they had dominated, and with the game entering added time they scored the winner through Lee Torr. Picking up a loose ball, defender Torr beat two static Hednesford defenders before firing in a low shot that found the bottom corner of Crane's net

Casey will be aggrieved at the manner of the conceding of a late, late goal, but will be more concerned about the poor all-round display from his team. The next week will prove interesting as Casey continues to re-shape his squad, so expect more ins and outs ahead of next week's long trip to Workington as the whites look to get back on track after three successive defeats under their new manager
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Kyle Rowley 90    
Cohen Bramall 90
Ashley Sammons 90   1
James Mutton 45 Brenan  
Calum Flanagan 90    
Reece Leek 90    
Tom Thorley 90    
Jamie Matthews 90
Gurjit Singh 67 Sheldon
Tristian Dunkley 56 Clarke  
Tony Clarke 34 Dunkley  
Lewis Wright 0    
Jamie Sheldon 23 Singh
Dan Brenan 45 Mutton
Luke Shearer 0