DATE  25.3.2017
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Warrington Town   COALVILLE TOWN (0) 2
 Duggan (32)
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (0) 2
MoTM  Blake Thompson
TOP SCORER  Danny Glover (12)
FORM GUIDE  L  D  L  L  W  W  L  W  L  D  L
13th Ashton United 39 57
14th Stafford Rangers 39 55
16th Coalville Town 40 50
17th Mickleover Sports 39 45
18th Marine 40 44
19th Halesowen Town 37 43
20th Corby Town 41 40
21st Sutton Coldfield Town 41 40
22nd Frickley Athletic 40 39
23rd Ilkeston 37 26
24th Skelmersdale United 40 19
The final eight games that remain this season cannot be over soon enough for the players and weary supporters of Hednesford Town Football Club, as another torrid display from a young, inexperienced side saw them crash to defeat at play-off chasing Warrington Town this afternoon

With the midweek game against Halesowen Town called off due to bad weather, Gary Birch had had a full week to make more changes to the ever-evolving Hednesford squad, brining in three new faces in the form of Jordan Nadat, Blake Thompson and Jake Webb to add to the ever-decreasing numbers. Nadat and Thompson were thrust straight into the side, alongside fellow debutants Louis Danquah and Bradley Peace-McDonald in a young and inexperienced line-up. Danny Glover was deemed fit enough to take his place amongst the substitutes alongside both of last week's goal scorers Tony Clarke and Desean Martin

Warrington had adapted well to life at step three level since promotion last term, with the Yellows hitting form at just the right time to make a late run for the play-offs. Four wins in a row had lifted Paul Carden's side into fifth place at the start of play, naming former Hednesford slipper Sean Williams in their starting line-up at a bright, warm and sunny Cantilever Park

The hosts were quicker into the game than the Pitmen, playing a neat, direct game on a beautiful pitch for this time in the season. Dan Crane was called upon for the first time in the afternoon in the seventh minute, turning Danny Hattersley's effort over the crossbar for a Warrington corner

From the resultant corner, Crane was alert once more to make a smart save from Scott Harries, turning the ball away from goal from close range to keep the scoreline level

The Pitmen thought they had taken an eleventh minute lead with their first attack of the game, as Darren Campion's deep corner kick was turned home at the far post after initially coming back off the post, only to be ruled out for an earlier foul on Warrington keeper Tony McMillan

Thompson was making an impression on his debut, with the Australian seeing plenty of the ball in the opening twenty minutes as he put himself about the pitch in searching for the ball. Nadat was a busy presence up front, but found himself limited in supply as he was well shackled by defensive duo James McCarten and Evan Gumbs

The game had been a poor spectacle for the near-500 in attendance in the first half hour, but it finally opened up with what proved to be the winning goal on thirty two minutes; right back Mitchell Duggan picked the ball up from over thirty yards out, and was allowed time and space to line up his effort and pick his spot. Duggan's dipping effort deceived Crane, who allowed the bouncing ball to evade him ad find the corner of the net

Crane partially atoned for his error in the foal a few minutes later, making a smart save to turn the ball away for another Warrington corner kick

The home side should probably have been reduced to ten men a couple of minutes before half time, as Gumbs took exception to a foul from Washbourne and appeared to kick out at the Hednesford midfielder. After a bout of handbags and exchanges between the players, the referee showed the pair a yellow card apiece for their part in the clash

 Half time saw the Pitmen make a tactical change, with Tony Clarke coming on in place of Danquah, who had looked out of his depth on the left wing. Clarke joined Nadat up front as the Pitmen moved to a 4-4-2 formation for the second period

The hosts were again quicker out of the blocks in the second period, as Crane made a good save to deny Hattersley on forty nine minutes, before Josh Askew fired a low shot into the side netting four minutes later

Nadat's tricky run and cross was claimed by McMillan on fifty seven minutes, whipping the ball away from the feet of Clarke as he loomed. At the other end, Hattersley wasted an excellent chance to put the game beyond the Pitmen but shanked his shot high over the crossbar from twelve yards out

In an attempt to add more pace to the attack, the Pitmen made another offensive change on fifty nine minutes, as George Cater came on in place of Washbourne

The dangerous Hattersley got in behind the makeshift Hednesford defence again on sixty four minutes, but pulled his shot well wide of goal as he tried to pull his shot across Crane and into the far corner of the net

Nadat was replaced by the more experienced Glover up front on sixty five minutes, teaming Clarke and Glover up once more as the Pitmen searched for the elusive equaliser

A mazy run from Warrington substitute Michael Monaghan saw him shimmy his way past two challenges and fire a shot narrowly wide of the far post on sixty six minutes

Forward Dylan Vassallo felt he should have been given a penalty on seventy minutes after he went down under a challenge from Joe Ballinger, but the referee felt he had dived and showed Vassallo a yellow card for simulation

The Pitmen had offered next to nothing in an uninspiring second half display, not testing the unworked McMillan once with a shot of any note. However, one moment of magic from Clarke looked to have rescued a point for the visitors with the game entering the final minute. The big striker cut in from the right and beat three players, before his progress was halted illegally just inside the penalty area

Top scorer Glover picked the ball up and struck his spot kick well enough, but McMillan guessed right and made a superb stop low down to his right to preserve his clean sheet and deny the Pitmen a point they barely deserved

Another defeat on the road leaves Hednesford down in fifteenth place after the round of games today, with any looming hopes of a late play-off push now a distant memory. With both Rushall Olympic and Stafford Rangers now above them in the table, the only thing left to play for now is local pride at finishing highest in the table, with Birch and his team looking for a reaction when relegation-threatened Ilkeston visit Keys Park on Tuesday night
George Washbourne in typically combative action  Blake Thompson - an impressive debut from the Australian  Loan man Louis Danquah in action  Danny Glover misses his late penaty kick
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Lewis Wright 90    
Darren Campion 90  
Blake Thompson 90    
Bradley Peace-McDonald 90    
Joe Ballinger 90  
George Washbourne 59 Cater  
Tom Thorley 90  
Jordan Nadat 65 Glover  
Remeao Hutton 90  
Louis Danquah 45 Clarke  
Lloyd Ransome 0    
Tony Clarke 45 Danquah  
Desean Martin 0  
George Cater 31 Washbourne
Danny Glover 25 Nadat