DATE  4.10.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Sutton Coldfield Town  SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN (0) 0
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (3) 5
 Maye (18), Glover (20), (44) (penalty),  Carline (51), Singh (73) (penalty)
MoTM  George Carline
TOP SCORERS  Glover/Singh (6)
FORM GUIDE  L  D  D  W  L  W  D  D  W  L  W
1st Buxton 12 26
2nd Whitby Town 12 24
3rd Rushall Olympic 11 23
5th Warrington Town 13 22
6th Blyth Spartans 12 20
7th Ashton United 12 19
8th Mickleover Sports 12 19
9th Marine 11 18
10th Spennymoor Town 9 17
11th Stourbridge 10 17
12th Matlock Town 10 17
The Pitmen found the perfect response to Saturday's narrow defeat to league leaders Buxton tonight, as they blitzed struggling Sutton Coldfield Town in a five-goal display - and it could have been more, but for a number of missed opportunities in the second half

Despite defeat on Saturday, Liam McDonald resisted the temptation to make major changes to his side, bringing in Lewis Wright for Michael Williams in the one and only change to the starting XI

Sutton Coldfield started the evening's proceedings second bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier League table, with Neil Tooth's side struggling for form and consistency this term. Former Hednesford defender Francino Francis was named amongst the Royals' starting XI, alongside other former Pitmen Scott Lycett and Jordan Nadat

A crisp, clear evening on the 3G pitch at Coles Lane started slowly, with the Pitmen spending the first ten minutes getting to grips with the artificial surface. Sutton, to their credit, started well, forcing a clutch of corners and free kicks that were well dealt with by Calum Flanagan and James Mutton

It took until seventeen minutes for the Pitmen to register a shot in anger, firing in a long range shot that was easily saved by James Wren in the Sutton goal

This was the trigger for the Pitmen to take control of the game, as they took the lad with the next attack. A delightful through ball from Danny Glover played Simeon Maye in behind the Sutton defence, with the midfielder nipping in to prod the ball past Wren and into the net via a deflection off the post

It got even better for the Pitmen two minutes later, as Glover grabbed his fifth goal of the season; seizing on the ball just inside the penalty area, the striker controlled the ball well before firing past Wren with a cross-shot

Sutton were not beaten yet, though, and came back at the Pitmen with a great run from Nadat on twenty three minutes, who fired at Crane after getting in behind the Hednesford defence

Nadat was again in action a few moments later, firing narrowly over the crossbar as Crane put him under pressure at his near post

George Carline went close to adding to his season's tally just after the half hour mark, heading Cohen Bramall's cross wide of goal rather than test Wren from close range

Another good, deep cross from Bramall on thirty eight minutes found the head of Glover, who stretched to reach a high ball and clear the crossbar with his off-target effort

Bramall tried to get in on the goalscoring act on forty minutes, firing just over the crossbar with a rising shot from long range

The first half ended with a Hednesford penalty, as Gurjit Singh's mazy run was halted just inside the penalty area as he shaped to shoot. Glover stepped up to fire confidently past Wren for his second goal of the evening and Hednesford's third

The Pitmen's dominance continued at the start of the second half, with Carline finally getting the goal his efforts deserved. A corner kick from Tom Thorley was headed firmly home by Carline, going level with Glover on six goals for the season in the process

Another Thorley corner almost led to a fifth goal on fifty eight minutes, as his ball into the box was headed wide by Mutton

Ashley Sammons was given a chance to add his talents to the game on fifty nine minutes, coming on in place of Joel Logan

Crane had had very little to do in the game, but was on the spot once again on the hour mark to deny Nadat with another smart save to his right

 Tristian Dunkley was given more valuable minutes in his return from injury as he came on in place of Glover on sixty nine minutes

Sammons wasted a good opening presented to him by Wright on seventy minutes, scuffing a shot wide from twelve yards out after the right back had crossed from the wing

The Pitmen were awarded another penalty kick on seventy three minutes, as Carline was fouled by a Sutton defender as he made his way into the penalty area. With Glover off the pitch, Singh stepped up to send Wren the wrong way and also register his sixth goal of the season

The excellent Carline was given a well-deserved rest by McDonald with fourteen minutes remaining, bringing on forward man Jamie Matthews

Matthews wasted a superb chance to put a sixth goal past Sutton, but fluffed his lines and bundled a simple chance wide of goal after being found unmarked at the far post

Crane maintained his clean sheet with a good save in the final minute to deny Nadat, clinching all three points and the perfect away performance from the Pitmen

It's another local clash on Saturday for the Pitmen, who travel to Dales Lane to face fellow high-flyers Rushall Olympic in a third v fourth clash in the Evo-Stik Premier League
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Lewis Wright 90    
Cohen Bramall 90
Simeon Maye 90   1
James Mutton 90    
Calum Flanagan 90    
Joel Logan 59 Sammons  
Tom Thorley 90    
Danny Glover 69 Dunkley 2
Gurjit Singh 90   1
George Carline 76 Matthews 1
Lloyd Ransome 0    
Michael Williams 0    
Ashley Sammons 31 Logan  
Jamie Matthews 14 Carline  
Tristian Dunkley 19 Glover