DATE  3.12.2016
COMPETITION   Evo-Stik Premier League
Workington  WORKINGTON (0) 0
Hednesford Town  HEDNESFORD TOWN (2) 2
 Sheldon (3), McDermott (6)
MoTM  Tony Clarke
TOP SCORER  George Carline (9)
FORM GUIDE  L  L  W  W  W  W  D  L  L  L  W
1st Rushall Olympic 22 42
2nd Buxton 22 41
3rd Whitby Town 22 41
4th Blyth Spartans 20 38
6th Warrington Town 23 36
7th Spennymoor Town 20 35
8th Matlock Town 20 34
9th Workington 22 33
10th Stourbridge 19 32
11th Ashton United 23 32
12th Nantwich Town 18 31
What a difference a week makes! Paul Casey's hard work and decision-making paid off this afternoon, as the new Hednesford boss celebrated his first win as manager with an excellent display at mid-table Workington this afternoon

Following three defeats on the spin, Casey had some difficult decisions to make in the past week as he looked to get the Pitmen back on track in the Evo-Stik Premier League. Out had gone Michael Williams and Gurjit Singh, casualties of the changing of managers. Casey had been busy bringing in more players to give him options, with the experienced pair of Gavin Caines and David McDermott to the club, as well as signing Kidderminster Harriers midfielder George Forsyth on loan

David Hewson's Workington had been frustratingly inconsistent this term so far, as they looked to build on their top five finish last season. The previous week had summed their season up perfectly, as they followed up an excellent 3-0 win over Spennymoor Town with a poor 5-0 defeat at Stourbridge

The new-look Pitmen were quickly into their stride, and what a start it was for the handful of people who made the journey up from Hednesford. in the third minute, Tony Clarke was fouled by Kyle may just outside the penalty area, allowing Tom Thorley the opportunity to strike at goal from the resultant kick. the Hednesford skipper's shot came back off the crossbar, but fell kindly for Jamie Sheldon, who headed home the rebound for his first goal for the club

It got even better for the visitors three minutes later, as debutant McDermott slipped past Jake Simpson with a neat piece of control, before sliding the ball past Aaran Taylor in the Workington goal

The Pitmen continued to press, buoyed by the brilliant start they had made. Another debutant, Caines, almost got in on the scoring act on fifteen minutes, heading just over the crossbar from a Thorley corner kick

The lively Sheldon was impressing on his full debut for the club, and went close to adding to his early goal on eighteen minutes as his low shot was deflected narrowly past the near post

Workington came back into the game as the half progressed, although they were limited to half chances against a more sturdy-looking Hednesford defence. Elliott Newby was denied by a comfortable Dan Crane save on twenty six minutes, easily saving the striker's cross-shot

The Pitmen continued to create chances, however, with a scramble inside the Workington penalty area culminating in a scuffed shot from Clarke that bounced off the post, before being cleared off the line

Newby's free kick on thirty seven minutes failed to test Crane's reflexes, as his curling effort cleared the crossbar and into the terracing behind the goal

As the game entered the final minute of the first half, Josh Calvert tried his luck with a shot that also went over the crossbar

 Workington's James Earl had the final chance of a competitive first half, firing a rising effort narrowly over Crane's crossbar after cutting inside from the wing

Kyle Rowley was on hand to deny Workington early in the second half, clearing a dangerous cross away from the Hednesford goal with Newby lurking

The Pitmen were forced into a change at the hour mark, after Jamie Matthews was forced off the pitch after an earlier slip on the greasy turf; He was replaced by Reece Leek, who lined up out on the left wing

Crane made his first fine save of the afternoon on sixty two minutes, making a superb stop to palm away a Joe McGee effort and concede a corner kick

A deep cross from Simpson on seventy one minutes found Scott Allison waiting, but the forward got his shot all wrong ant lifted his effort high over the crossbar

With nine minutes remaining, Luke Shearer was given a run-out by Casey as he came on in place of McDermott

Just as the Pitmen looked to have done enough to see the game through, Workington were awarded a late penalty kick - Dan Brenan was adjudged to have fouled Allison in the penalty area

Newby's resultant kick lacked any real conviction, with the striker hitting a weak penalty at a nice height for Crane, who made a good save to preserve his clean sheet

Casey and his troops will be delighted at recording their first win in four games, in a result that keeps them in touch with the other members of the top five. The attractive football of earlier in the season was lacking in many parts, but a more robust, resolute Hednesford side has emerged from the changes driven by Liam McDonald's departure and Casey's arrival. Fellow play-off chasers Warrington will offer another stern test to the Pitmen next weekend when they make their first ever trip to Keys Park in competitive action
No. Player Mins On On/Off For Goals
Dan Crane 90  
Kyle Rowley 90    
Calum Flanagan 90
Tom Thorley 90    
Gavin Caines 90    
Dan Brenan 90    
Jamie Matthews 60 Leek  
Jamie Sheldon 90   1
Tony Clarke 90
Ashley Sammons 90  
David McDermott 81 Shearer 1
Tristian Dunkley 0    
Reece Leek 30 Matthews  
George Forsyth 0  
Remeao Hutton 0  
Luke Shearer 9 McDermott