DATE  10.12.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (1) 1
 Sammons (42) penalty)
Warrington Town  WARRINGTON TOWN (0) 0
MoTM  Dan Crane
TOP SCORER  George Carline (9)
FORM GUIDE  L  W  W  W  W  D  L  L  L  W  W
1st Rushall Olympic 23 45
2nd Buxton 23 42
3rd Whitby Town 23 41
5th Spennymoor Town 21 38
6th Blyth Spartans 20 38
7th Warrington Town 24 36
8th Stourbridge 20 35
9th Nantwich Town 19 34
10th Matlock Town 20 33
11th Workington 23 32
12th Barwell 23 32
The Pitmen make it back-to-back wins in the Evo-Stik Premier League this afternoon, with Ashley Sammons' penalty enough to earn them all three points over Warrington Town and subsequently move them up to fourth place in the table

It had been another week of change for the Pitmen's squad, as Paul Casey had once again been active in the transfer market in a bid to re-shape his squad. Simeon Maye and Tristian Dunkley had left the club on loan to get valuable game time, with new signings Spencer Weir-Daley from Kettering and Stuart McNaught from Sutton Coldfield Town replacing the pair in the ever-expanding squad

Warrington arrived at Keys Park just behind the Pitmen in the league table, after an impressive start to life at step three level for the Yellows. New man at the helm Paul Carden had continued the good work started by previous managers Stuart Mellish, Lee Smith and previous to them Shaun Reid. Warrington had won their past two league games, convincingly beating Frickley 3-0 and defeating Sutton Coldfield Town 2-1 the previous week

A murky, overcast afternoon at Keys Park, with the pitch heavy after on-off rain all week, started well for the Pitmen, who created a great opening in the sixth minute; a great cross from Jamie Sheldon on
 the right found new boy Weir-Daley, who fired wide with a first time shot at the near post

Warrington's response was swift, with Samuel Ilesamni rattling the Hednesford crossbar as he headed a deep cross from Mitchell Duggan onto the woodwork. In the mass scramble to force the rebound home, Danny Hattersley's rebound was forced away by Gavin Caines

The visitors set up as many had done at Keys Park this term - big, strong and difficult to play through - but were also adept at delivering set-pieces. On nineteen minutes, a clever free kick down the left saw Edie Toner send over a drifting cross/shot that fell on the top of Dan Crane's net

Neat play from Warrington midway through the half saw Lewis Codling make his way forwards, slipping the ball into the path of Ilesamni. His subsequent cross was inches away from the boot of Scott Harries, who would have had the simple task of tapping home at the far post

Tony Clarke was making himself a nuisance of himself against the tall, powerful Warrington defence, forcing Daniel Ventre into a late clearance on twenty seven minutes after he had forced his way to the byeline

The tricky Ilesamni was causing the Pitmen problems with his movement up front for the away side, with the striker firing just over the crossbar on thirty three minutes after being fed by Harries

Crane made the first of a clutch of fine saves this afternoon on thirty six minutes, making a brilliant one handed save to his left to deny Rory McKeown after the Warrington man

A superb last-ditch challenge from Calum Flanagan denied Ilesamni a clear run in on goal, after a goal kick found it's way all the way through to the striker, in behind the Hednesford defence

This was to prove a crucial moment in the game, as with the next attack the Pitmen were awarded a penalty on forty two minutes. David McDermott's trickery was too much for Codling, who tripped the winger inches inside the penalty area. Ashley Sammons stepped up and fired into the net from the resultant kick, via a deflection from goalkeeper Anthony McMillan

There was further bad news for Warrington on the cusp of half time, as Duggan was shown a straight red card for a high, late challenge on big Tony Clarke that left the striker floored out on the left wing

 Neat build-up play from the Pitmen on forty seven minutes saw the ball fed to Sammons, whose long range effort was turned away by McMillan for a corner

Both sides traded substitutions as the game reached the hour mark without further incident; Jamie Matthews came on for McDermott out wide, with Sheldon changing position slightly to accommodate Matthews

Thorley's deep corner kick on sixty one minutes was met firmly by the head of Caines, whose effort cleared the crossbar by a matter of inches

Warrington hit the woodwork for the second time in the afternoon on sixty three minutes, as a curling shot from Gerard Kinsella came back off the post, before Dan Brenan did well to divert Craig Robinson's rebound wide for a corner

With nineteen minuets remaining, McNaught was handed his Hednesford debut as he came on for Clarke, thus moving Matthews into a centre forward position

A Sammons corner kick on seventy four minutes found the head of Caines once more, but once again the experienced centre back was off target with his goal-ward header

A great run from Harries on seventy eight saw him pick out team-mate Scott Metcalfe, but his shot is all wrong as he blazes high over the crossbar from a promising position

Another long range effort from Sammons tested McMillan on eighty one minutes, with the keeper doing well to hold the ball on an increasingly greasy, wet surface as the rain fell heavily

With three minutes remaining, Reece Leek came on for Weir-Daley to add to the midfield battle as Warrington looked for a strong finish

Adam Carden - on as a half time substitute - was to have Warrington's best chance in added time, but his cross-cum-shot comes to nothing as the Pitmen saw out the four minutes of added time with ease

So, it's looking a lot better for the Pitmen seven days on from their win over Workington, with two clean sheets in the bag and six points won. Another mid-table side offer a pre-Christmas challenge to the Pitmen's progress next weekend, when Casey's team make the trip to Grantham Town looking for some festive cheer
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Kyle Rowley 90    
Calum Flanagan 90
Tom Thorley 90    
Dan Brenan 90    
Gavin Caines 90    
Jamie Sheldon 90    
Ashley Sammons 90   1
Tony Clarke 71 McNaught
Spencer Weir-Daley 87 Leek
David McDermott 60 Matthews  
Reece Leek 3 Weir-Daley  
Jamie Matthews 30 McDermott  
Stuart McNaught 19 Clarke
James Mutton 0  
Luke Shearer 0