Lambs sink Pitmen to reach the Final
15 April 2014The Lambs kicked off proceedings towards the away end and looked lively in the opening exchanges but a freekick on the right wing for the visitors set up former Lamb Francis with a header 6 yards out and he duly opened the scoring. (0-1, 10 mins)
A fine run from Johnson on 31 saw him skip through the Lambs midfield and force Belford to make a save from his angled drive. Crane parried and smothered Thornton’s right sided freekick on 34 while the lively Johnson picked up a deflected shot and hit the dropping ball first time but shot wide of the mark on 36.
The Lambs were awarded a penalty when Francis was pulled back by Francis and Thornton stepped up and sent Crane the wrong way. (1-1, 39 mins)
Bailey struck from distance and Richards-Everton headed it away for a corner which came to nothing before the half time whistle blew.
The Pitmen got the game back underway and Woolery forced an early corner which was headed away to Evans and his ball back into the box was met with a sweet far post finish by Reindorf to put The Lambs into the lead (2-1, 47 mins).
However, on 51 Batis-Cande brought down Riley and Disney fired the spot kick home (2-2, 51 mins) but the lead was quickly regained when Woolery latched onto what appeared to be a back pass to Crane and he slotted home from the left of the box into the far right corner.
Thornton made it four with a deft finish from the edge of the area over Crane’s advances (4-2, 65 mins).
Belford denied sub Robinson’s far post header in added time at the end of the game and after Johnson had fired wide of the mark Woolery broke through and squared for Batis-Cande to finish at the second attempt to make it 5-2 and book a place in the final at The Hawthorns on Tuesday 29th April.
Belford, Evans, Reindorf (Chadwick 76), Richards-Everton, Kerry, Thornton Caprice, Peniket, Woolery, Batis-Cande, Keane
Subs: Hoban, Baker, Vanderhyde, Morgan
Hednesford Town Team:
Crane, Disney, Campion (Lennon 70?), Bailey, Francis, Melbourne, Riley, Johnson, Sullivan (Robinson 62), Anagho-Ntamark (60), Thorley
Subs: McCone, Thompson-Brown
Man of the Match: Kevin Thornton
Referee: Mr. R. Dadley