DATE  10.9.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (2) 4
 Glover (25) (pen), (34) (pen), Carline (57), Singh (90)
Frickley Athletic  FRICKLEY ATHLETIC (0) 0
MoTM  Cohen Bramall
TOP SCORERS  Carline/Glover (3)
FORM GUIDE  W  W  L  D  D  W  L  W
1st Blyth Spartans 7 16
2nd Buxton 7 16
3rd Ashton United 7 15
5th Spennymoor Town 6 13
6th Whitby Town 6 12
7th Marine 7 12
8th Rushall Olympic 7 11
9th Warrington Town 7 10
10th Mickleover Sports 7 10
11th Barwell 7 9
12th Stourbridge 6 9
What a difference a week makes for the Pitmen, as Liam McDonald's men banish memories of last Saturday's humbling F.A. Cup defeat by hammering bottom of the table Frickley at Keys Park to move up to fourth in the Evo-Stik Premier League table

The fall-out from last week's defeat to Belper had seen McDonald think long and hard about his formation and tactics, after a frank and honest conversation with unhappy supporters last week. He responded with four changes to the side, bringing back Sean Geddes, Danny Glover and Jamie Matthews for Ashley Sammons, Joel Logan and Gurjit Singh, with Lloyd Ransome making his first start of the season in place of regular number one Dan Crane

Frickley's start to the season had seen them sink to the foot of the table, having failed to pick up a single point in six games. Former Hednesford midfielder Karl Rose had left his role as manager two weeks ago, with former Buxton and Frickley striker Lee Morris arriving this week alongside three new signings ahead of today's game

Heavy rain in the area during the morning had left the Keys Park pitch slick and perfect for the home side's passing game, with the hosts forcing Frickley onto the back foot with successive corner kicks early on

And yet, it was Frickley who had the best chance to open the scoring in the seventh minute, as Cameron Rigby fired narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area with a curling effort

Geddes went within the width of the crossbar of giving the Pitmen a deserved lead on seventeen minutes, striking a rising shot that clattered off the crossbar and bounced back into the path of Simeon Maye, whose weak header was easily saved by Frickley keeper Sebastian Malkowski

Playmaker Geddes - playing further up the pitch in place of Sammons - tried his luck with another long range effort five minutes later, picking up Glover's pass before drilling a shot wide of goal

 Two minutes later, another shot from Geddes was turned around the post by former Polish International Malkowski as the Pitmen pressed

A corner kick from Geddes on the right hand side led to the hosts being awarded the first of two penalties on twenty five minutes, as Rhys Meynall was penalised for man-handling George Carline in the penalty area. Glover stepped up to confidently fire past Malkowski to notch his second goal of the season from the post

The Pitmen's second penalty kick was awarded nine minutes later, as Matthews was rewarded for sheer perseverance as he chased a through ball with Frickley's Jack Waters. The striker managed to get goal side of the centre back and rob him of the ball, leaving Waters with little option but to bring Matthews down. Waters was shown a straight red card for being the last man and Glover sent Malkowski the wrong way from the spot to double the Pitmen's advantage

A lovely flowing move down the left saw Hednesford break at speed on thirty eight minutes, with Matthews playing in the excellent Cohen Bramall, who fired into the side netting with an angled drive

The home side were dealt a blow just before half time, as Simeon Maye was forced off after a clash in midfield saw Maye fall heavily on his wrist. Singh came on in his place in a free role, with Geddes and Carline adapting to different roles in midfield

A minute later, Glover's floated ball in was headed goalwards by Matthews, who forced Malkowski into a save low down to his right

The final action of the half came in added time, as a delightful cross from Bramall was somehow headed wide by Carline at the far post

The second half was totally dominated by the Pitmen, who used the numerical advantage they had to stretch the Frickley players all over the pitch with their neat, incisive passing game

Carline finally got himself on the scoresheet on fifty seven minutes, courtesy of a fantastic cross from that man Bramall. Making a run down the wing, Bramall got the better of Macaulay Parkinson and crossed with a 'rabona' style ball, allowing Carline to nod the ball over the head of Malkowski and loop it into the corner of the net

The hosts were now rampant, with Singh almost adding to the scoreline straight from the kick off, winning the ball back and running in on goal, only to be denied by a superb save from an overworked Malkowski

Another superb Bramall run and cross caused widespread panic in the Frickley ranks on sixty five minutes, with Glover denied a tap-in by a combination of luck and last-ditch defending

The fresh legs and tricky style of Logan was introduced to the game on sixty eight minutes, with the forward replacing Matthews

His first act was to torture Parkinson down the left with neat footwork, turning the right back inside out and firing in a low shot that was saved at his near post by Malkowski

Five minutes later, the Pitmen made their final change of the afternoon, with Glover getting a standing ovation for his efforts as he was replaced by Sammons

More superb play from Logan on seventy six minutes saw him jink his way past three tired-looking Frickley challenges as he cut in from the left, before unleashing a curling, swerving shot from the edge of the penalty area that missed the far upright by a matter of inches

He followed this up four minutes later with a low drive that Malkowski had to palm away for a Hednesford corner kick

The tally at this stage could really have been six, seven, even eight goals for the Pitmen, who had created chances at will and had been left frustrated by the brilliance of Malkowski in the Frickley goal as his defence had crumbled in front of him

Carline missed another great chance to add to his tally on eighty five minutes, played in by Bramall after another marauding run from the left back. This time, however, the midfielder fired wide of the near post with a low shot from ten yards out

Ransome had had nothing to do during a dominant Pitmen display in the second half, but was alert to make a fine save a minute later to turn away a Luke Hinsley effort from a Frickley free kick

Malkowski denied Bramall the goal his efforts deserved on eighty seven minutes, making a good save to his right to push Bramall's shot away for a corner

Sammons fancied getting involved in the fun, with the substitute trying his luck with a trademark long range shot in the last minutes, only for Malkowski to make another fine save

Sammons did however claim an assist in added time, picking up the ball on the edge of the penalty area before laying the ball into the path of the onrushing Singh, who gave Malkowski the 'eyes', sending him one way before side-footing the ball the other to complete the scoring with his second goal of the season

So, and excellent reaction from the Pitmen, who will be pleased with their performance, and more importantly, their clinical finishing to put themselves out of sight. Next week's opponents Ashton will offer a far sterner test, but with Tristian Dunkley still to return as a striking option on top of some excellent individual displays this afternoon, things are looking up for McDonald and his team
Simeon Maye is watched by James Mutton Danny Glover is congratulated after his first penalty Sean Geddes gets stuck in Spot the ball with Glover, George Carline and Gurjit Singh
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Lloyd Ransome 90  
Lewis Wright 90    
Cohen Bramall 90    
Simeon Maye 43 Singh  
James Mutton 90    
Calum Flanagan 90    
Sean Geddes 90    
Tom Thorley 90    
Danny Glover 73 Sammons 2
Jamie Matthews 68 Logan  
George Carline 90   1
Dan Crane 0    
Joel Logan 22 Matthews  
Michael Williams 0    
Ashley Sammons 17 Glover  
Gurjit Singh 47 Maye 1