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Hednesford Town
Lancaster City
Full time
G Steel (61')
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 412

Report: City On Point to Draw at Keys Park

The Bank Holiday weekend kicked off for the Dolly Blues with a tough looking trip to the impressive Keys Park stadium on Saturday.

Their former Conference North adversaries Hednesford Town, playing at a ground that wouldn’t look out of place in the football league, sat just two points below unbeaten City in the league standings before kick off.

The game was heavily contested in midfield on what turned out to be an unexpectedly hot afternoon, the weather not enough to keep both teams from producing energetic displays however.

The opening bouts of possession were dominated by the away side without creating too much in the final third. The first couple of half chances falling to the hosts but without coming close to testing Josh Powell in the Lancaster goal.

With set piece delivery in the first half not quite hitting the mark, the best the visitors could muster in terms of goal scoring opportunities was Wills’ header towards the end of the period. The midfielders effort from Scott Harries’ cross looped into the air but fortunately for The Pitmen’s ‘keeper James Wren landed on the roof of the net.

His opposite number Powell did produce a miraculous save to deny Sam Oji from point blank range just before half time. The Town defender wriggled free at the back post to head home a cross but for Powell to palm the effort away to safety with a great reaction save.

The second half began as the first, lots of possession for City without any clear cut chances from open play. The chances they did create were all set pieces. Ryan Winder, who was superb in the centre of midfield, curled a goal-bound free kick towards the far corner that Wren tipped onto the bar just before the hour mark.

It wasn’t too long before City finally got their noses in front from almost the next set piece two minutes later. Winder’s corner was met by the head of Tom Kilifin, only for the striker’s shot to rattle the bar. The rebound fell invitingly for Glenn Steel and a diving header through a crowded box sealed a 1-0 lead for the Dollies.

The lead sadly, and not for the first time this season. lasted just 5 minutes. There was a touch of fortune for the visitor’s equaliser, but one that was probably deserved on the balance of chances created.

Winger Matt Dodds broke down the right wing and crossed in low to Luke Rodgers with striker scuffing a shot across goal that fell kindly to the feet of substitute Danny Glover who tapped home with almost his first touch of the ball.

In the final 20 minutes both sides flattered to deceive with end product in the final third at either end lacking the quality to get the better of both defences.

The final golden chance of the game fell to Phil Brown’s side in the 92nd minute and almost won the game for City at the death. Winder’s corner fell to Ricky Mercer at the back post who, on the stretch directed a volley that agonisingly rebounded off the post before being cleared to safety.

On the balance of play the hard earned point against a well organised opposition away from home will please the Dolly Blues as they remain unbeaten in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Key moments

61:00
Goal Glenn Steel scores for Lancaster City

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Glenn Steel is awarded player of the match for Lancaster City
85:00 Sub Off
Thomas Kilifin is substituted off for Lancaster City
85:00 Sub On
Louis Mayers is substituted on for Lancaster City
81:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Kilifin is yellow carded for Lancaster City
79:00 Sub On
Oliver Wood is substituted on for Lancaster City
79:00 Sub Off
Scott Harries is substituted off for Lancaster City
61:00 Goal 0 - 1
Glenn Steel scores for Lancaster City
58:00 Sub On
Craig Carney is substituted on for Lancaster City
58:00 Sub Off
Hannu Tam is substituted off for Lancaster City
57:00 Yellow Card
Sam Oji is yellow carded for Hednesford Town
45:00 Yellow Card
Richard Mercer is yellow carded for Lancaster City
End of period 1
36:00 Yellow Card
Danny Glover is yellow carded for Hednesford Town
36:00 Yellow Card
Devarn Green is yellow carded for Hednesford Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hednesford Town
  • Lancaster City
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  • Danny Glover Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Devarn Green Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Richard Mercer Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Sam Oji Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Craig Carney Sub On 58:00'
  • Hannu Tam Sub Off 58:00'
  • Glenn Steel Goal 61:00'
  • Oliver Wood Sub On 79:00'
  • Scott Harries Sub Off 79:00'
  • Thomas Kilifin Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Louis Mayers Sub On 85:00'
  • Thomas Kilifin Sub Off 85:00'
  • Glenn Steel Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Hednesford Town
  • 1. Danny Glover
  • 2. Sam Oji
  • 3. Devarn Green
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League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

Altrincham
4
2
Buxton
2
1
Halesowen Town
1
0
Rushall Olympic
2
0
Whitby Town
Mickleover Sports
1
2
Nantwich Town
Stalybridge Celtic
0
1
Warrington Town
2
0
0
0
Stafford Rangers

League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Barwell 18 25
11. Hednesford Town 19 25
12. Lancaster City 15 24
13. Buxton 15 24
14. Matlock Town 18 24
15. Whitby Town 19 23
16. Coalville Town 19 23

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