DATE  31.10.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (1) 4
 Maye (43), Matthews (47), (56), Carline (60)
Sutton Coldfield Town  SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN (1) 1
 Williams (17) (OG)
MoTM  Jamie Matthews
TOP SCORERS  Glover/Carline/Singh (8)
FORM GUIDE  D  W  L  W  L  W  L  L  W  W  W
1st Whitby Town 17 34
2nd Blyth Spartans 17 33
4th Buxton 16 31
5th Rushall Olympic 16 30
6th Warrington Town 18 26
7th Spennymoor Town 13 25
8th Ashton United 17 25
9th Matlock Town 14 25
10th Mickleover Sports 17 25
11th Nantwich Town 13 22
12th Halesowen Town 15 22
For the second time in three days, the Pitmen recover from going a goal down to record a fine 4-1 win, this time over struggling Sutton Coldfield Town at Keys Park this evening. Liam McDonald's men move up to third place in the table - albeit potentially for twenty four hours

Saturday's F.A. trophy win over Stamford had seen the Pitmen enter the draw for the second qualifying round earlier in the day, with the Pitmen rewarded with a dream tie at home to bitter local rivals Stafford Rangers as a result. This was one of the main topics of discussion around the ground on an unusually mild Keys Park evening, as the Pitmen went looking for a third successive win in all competitions. Danny Glover was not deemed fit enough to start the game, meaning Jamie Matthews started up front in his place in the only change to the team that started against Stamford

Sutton's fortunes had changed little for the better since the two sides met at Coles Lane four weeks ago, with the Royals still occupying a bottom four position at the start of play. Their woes were added to at the weekend with defeat to Evo-Stik Division One South side Leek Town in the F.A. Trophy. Sutton named three familiar faces in their squad, with ex-Pitmen Jermaine Johnson, Francino Francis and the on-loan Darren Campion all making returns to their former ground

Neat, tidy and precise football from the Pitmen saw them start on the front foot, with one such move opening Sutton up on seven minutes; a lovely through ball from Simeon Maye played Gurjit Singh in, but the in-form forward dragged his shot wide of James Wren's goal from eighteen yards out

Campion marked his much-anticipated return to Keys Park with an early booking, incurring the wrath of the referee after a late tackle on Michael Williams

Singh had started the game strongly, making one of his customary mazy runs on thirteen minutes before firing in a low shot that just missed the far post

Despite their bright, attentive start, the Pitmen found themselves a goal down in the sixteenth minute, as a farcical mix-up in defence gifted the Royals the opening goal of the evening. A long ball forwards saw Ransome and Williams go for the same ball, with a lack of communication leading to Williams heading the ball past the onrushing Ransome and trickling into the empty net

Campion's eventful night was to come to an end with the game on twenty minutes, as he was forced off with injury and replaced by James Beresford

Shocked by the conceding of such a soft goal, the Pitmen cranked the pressure up on the Sutton goal with a number of good chances; a George Carline shot was deflected away by Beresford on twenty two minutes, followed a minute later by a James Mutton header that was turned away by Wren

Sutton very nearly extended their lead on the counter attack three minutes later, as Charles Morris fired inches wide of Ransome's post with a shot on the run

The Pitmen remained patient, however, and did draw themselves level just before half time after another spell of pressure. Tom Thorley's corner was partially cleared by Sutton, allowing Joel Logan to seize upon the ball and cross for Maye, who fired home from six yards out to equalise

McDonald's half time team talk seemed to have the desired effect for his side, as they emerged a much changed outfit at the start of the second period and blew Sutton away with some lethal finishing

Just two minutes after the restart, a great run from Singh saw him beat two players and play in Matthews, who showed great composure to control the ball and beat two defenders before confidently firing past Wren for his first Hednesford goal

Singh himself nearly added to the scoreline a few moments later, narrowly driving a shot past the post after another flowing move down the left hand side

The Pitmen did get their third goal of the evening on fifty six minutes, as a long range effort from Logan was spilled by Wren, allowing Matthews the chance to pounce on the loose ball and fire high into the net for his second of the night

The Pitmen were now 'in the zone', playing some superb attacking football against a hapless Sutton side. They further increased the lead on the hour mark, as Matthews turned provider to cross for Carline, who headed past Wren at the far post for goal number eight of the season

Singh seemed determined to get his name on the scoresheet, and went close to adding a fifth for the rampant Pitmen two minutes later after somehow hitting the post from close range after Cohen Bramall had crossed from the left

Ashley Sammons was introduced to the game on sixty six minutes, coming on for the tiring Singh to play behind Matthews

Francis was brought on by the visitors to play up front as they looked for a consolation goal, but was the hosts who continued to create the chances. On seventy four minutes, a powerful Logan shot was well saved by the overworked Wren, who turned the ball away for a corner

Youngster Myles Phipps was given another chance to impress after his debut on Saturday, coming on for Logan with fourteen minutes remaining

This was followed a few minutes later with the introduction of Phipps' fellow youth team graduate Remeao Hutton, who made his first team debut in place of the excellent Matthews, who received a standing ovation from the Keys Park faithful after a superb display

Wren made another good save from Thorley with eight minutes remaining as the pace of the game slowed, with the hosts seeing the game out with ease to record a third successive win and move within three points of top spot. Grantham Town provide the opposition at the weekend as the Pitmen look to continue their recent good form with another home win
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Lloyd Ransome 90  
Michael Williams 90    
Cohen Bramall 90
Simeon Maye 90    
James Mutton 90    
Calum Flanagan 90    
Joel Logan 75 Phipps  
Tom Thorley 90    
Jamie Matthews 79 Hutton 2
Gurjit Singh 66 Sammons  
George Carline 90    
Dan Crane 0    
Danny Glover 0    
Remeao Hutton 11 Matthews
Ashley Sammons 24 Singh
Myles Phipps 15 Logan