DATE  27.3.2017
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Hednesford Town   HEDNESFORD TOWN (2) 3
 Nadat (42), McNaught (45), Thorley (78)
Ilkeston  ILKESTON (0) 1
 Tyrell (17) 
MoTM  Tom Thorley
TOP SCORER  Danny Glover (12)
FORM GUIDE  D  L  L  W  W  L  W  L  D  L  W
14th Ashton United 39 57
15th Stafford Rangers 40 56
16th Coalville Town 40 50
17th Marine 41 47
18th Mickleover Sports 39 45
19th Halesowen Town 38 43
20th Corby Town 41 40
21st Sutton Coldfield Town 41 40
22nd Frickley Athletic 41 39
23rd Ilkeston 38 26
24th Skelmersdale United 40 19
The Pitmen get themselves back to winning ways this evening, as they finally completed a league double over Ilkeston at Keys Park. Gary Birch's side moved back above local rivals Stafford Rangers in the table as a result, as they waved goodbye to a frustratingly inconsistent March schedule

Saturday's defeat to play-off chasing Warrington had seen a number of young players thrown into the side after late injuries to more senior players in the squad. Birch elected bring back the more experienced heads of Stuart McNaught, David McDermott and Danny Glover back into the side, dropping the likes of Tony Clarke, Darren Campion and Remeao Hutton

Ilkeston's campaign has been a rotten experience for their loyal supporter, with the Robins spending the whole season in the bottom three after a number of poor off-the-field decision by the club's power-brokers. A young Ilson side had been soundly beaten by the Pitmen last month at the New Manor Ground, with skipper Tom Thorley bagging both goals

In front of the Pitmen's lowest league crowd for many a-year, the visitors looked lively in the opening exchanges playing on the counter attack and trying to use some of their youthful pace and exuberance to unsettle the Pitmen's back line

Glover was wasteful with the Pitmen's first effort of the evening, striking a firm free kick straight into the Ilkeston wall on three minutes after Jordan Nadat had earned the set-piece twenty five yards out

Blake Thompson was following up his impressive debut on Saturday with another all-action performance, looking for the ball at all times and setting the Pitmen up for a number of counter attacks

A half chance fell to the busy Nadat on fourteen minutes, as he lashed a volley straight into the arms of Ilson keeper Jamie Hannis

Despite the Pitmen's domination of possession and territory, it was the away side that took a shock lead with their first shot on target. A run from Dexter Atkinson saw the winger get goal side of Danquah, before pulling the ball back into the path of Tavahn Tyrell, who had the simple task of tapping the ball into the net fro a matter of inches out

With Ilkeston playing with two bank of four in front of the Pitmen, it was difficult for the home side to play through the channels and create chances against their relegation-threatened rivals. A Thorley corner kick on the half hour mark offered brief hope, but his flag kick was headed over the bar by Joe Ballinger

Bermudan defender Dante Leverock did well to keep his side ahead a minute later, as his block denied Nadat his first goal for the Pitmen from twelve yards out

At the other end, Ballinger had to be alert to deny Tyrell a second goal for the visitors, making a timely block to deny the striker from close range

The Pitmen did get themselves back on level terms just before half time, as Nadat scored his first goal for Hednesford in spectacular terms; a neat bit of skill from Thorley saw him play the ball into the path of Nadat, who rocketed home a shot from fourteen yards out that gave Harries no chance

Glover's game came to a premature end a minute later, as the striker was replaced by Clarke after picking up an injury

The hosts turned the game on it's head as the first half entered added time, with Stuart McNaught scoring his second goal of the season. After seeing his initial shot blocked, the midfielder fired home at the second attempt after the loose ball had fallen kindly to him

...And even then, there was still time for Nadat to waste a superb opportunity to grab a third goal for the Pitmen before the break, as the striker somehow failed to covert a simple chance from just three yards out

Ilkeston made a reasonable fist of it after half time, with Atkinson shooting narrowly wide of goal just seconds after the restart

A few minutes later, Ilkeston thought they were back on level terms after Tyrell had fired past Dan Crane following a good save from the Hednesford keeper, but an offside flag denied the striker his chance to level matters for the Robins

The Pitmen weathered the early Ilkeston storm and responded themselves with a spell of pressure. On fifty seven minutes, a McDermott corner kick found Ballinger free at the far post, but the centre back put his effort wide of goal from close range

McDermott himself crafted the Pitmen's next chance on sixty three minutes, making a marauding run from the left before cutting inside and firing narrowly wide with a low drive

Big striker Clarke got in the way of Nadat settling the game on seventy one minutes, leaping to meet a McDermott cross and flicking the ball away from Nadat, who was lining up behind his new strike partner to volley home the cross

The Pitmen finally made the game safe with twelve minutes remaining, as skipper Thorley once again led from the front with the clincher. the impressive Nadat returned the compliment from earlier, setting his captain up with a ball through, allowing Thorley to slot home from twelve yards out

The home side could afford to make a couple of late changes to their side, with George Cater coming on for McDermott and George Washbourne replacing the hard-working Thompson as Birch utilised his full set of options within his squad

A much-needed home win for the Pitmen, that lifts them back into thirteenth place in the table. With seven games remaining in the season, a top half finish should now be the aim for Birch and his side, with a trip to another struggling side in the offing at the weekend with the short journey to Mickleover Sports pencilled in
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Lewis Wright 90    
Louis Danquah 90  
Blake Thompson 87 Washbourne
Bradley Peace-McDonald 90
Joe Ballinger 90  
Stuart McNaught 90   1
Tom Thorley 90   1
Danny Glover 43 Clarke
Jordan Nadat 90   1
David McDermott 78 Cater
Lloyd Ransome 0    
Tony Clarke 47 Glover  
George Cater 12 McDermott  
George Washbourne 3 Thompson
Dan Brenan 0