Pitmen progress after extra time
14 October 2014The Lambs made the short journey along the A5 to take on fellow Vanarama Conference side Hednesford Town, managed by former Lamb Rob Smith, in the 1st Round of the 2014-15 Birmingham Senior Cup at Keys Park and it gave boss Andy Morrell a chance to have a look at some of the unwatched players in his squad along with trialist Harry Jackson who travelled from London to feature for The Lambs.
The Pitmen got the game underway and Gill was called upon to block the advances of Robinson inside the first minute but the offside flag halted play anyway. Gill was then well positioned and made a great stop to deny an angled strike from the right of the box from Sullivan on 7.
At the other end, Daniels whipped the ball across the face of goal on 10 and after a great deal of tooing and froing between either half, the run of Sullivan was halted and the same player tried his luck from 25 yards on 22 but cleared the target with ease.
The home side exerted some pressure in the final third around the 25 minute mark but the final ball didn’t come for them and Gill was relatively untroubled.
Vidal picked up a yellow on the half hour for a challenge on the right midfield and Gill was on fine form once again to prevent Sullivan’s long distance strike on 31.
Robinson got a header away but it went wide of the mark and this was closely followed by an angled shot from Diggin on 34 which he put past the left hand post from the right of the box. Bailey tried to pounce on the loose ball at the back of the box on 37 but his shot was blocked for a corner and from Osborne’s flag kick Bailey headed Hednesford into the lead in off the far post on. (0-1, 37 mins)
Taylor nearly equalised on 41, connecting with Thornton’s low ball from the left but it lifted over the bar and at the other end, Trainer was booked for a foul on Campion who dusted himself down and fired the freekick wide of the left hand post shortly before the half time whistle blew.
Tamworth restarted proceedings but it was the home side who had the first attempt on goal with Diggin firing an angled drive across the face of goal and out past the left hand upright.
Robinson forced a corner with a close range shot that cannoned up and over the bar off the covering defender on 51 but it was the Lambs who hit the back of the net next when Thornton robbed Crowther of the ball 30 yards out and advanced one on one on Crane in the home goal and fired past him from the edge of the box (1-1, 60 mins)
A fine stop from Gill prevented substitute Glover’s right footed half volley on 68 but he was got the better of on 70 by the same player who took the ball past him and fired it low looking for the near post side of the net but the ball was cleared before it reached the target by Harry Jackson.
His namesake Kayden came off the bench on 72 and added a bit of spice to the Lambs forward movements in fact on 81 a shot from the attacker forced a good low stop from Crane.
Diggin found space down the left to beat his marker and attempt a lob over the outrushing Gill on 82 but he lifted the ball wide of the mark, and Vidal bumped the same player off the ball just outside the area in the Pitmen’s next move setting up Glover with the dead ball chance.
Glover struck the freekick well enough and a deflection took it goalward but Gill was quick and equal to the chance. When the ball fell to Robinson on 86 on the edge of the area he struck it right footed and although Gill fumbled the strong shot he recovered and smothered the loose ball. Deep into added time and with extra time looming, both sides pushed for a normal time winner and it looked like Glover had angled his shot just right but Gill was not troubled as it went out past the far post and there was no option but to go into 2 x 15 minutes of Extra Time.
Hednesford started the first period of ET and Campion tested Gill with a low strike from the left of the box.
Thornton picked up a yellow card with 6 gone and Diggin’s right footed shot took a deflection for a left sided corner on 7 but it came to nothing and after a Lambs change, introducing James for Thornton.
Bailey tried to repeat his first half headed goal in the 14th minute but was ruled out offside and the ball bounced wide of the post anyway before the half ended. Morrell came on for Daniels with 15 remaining but it was home sub Glover who finally got onto the scoresheet with a glancing header past Gill from Thorley’s left wing freekick on 17.
Glover tried a freekick from 20 yards on 112 but cleared the target and Robinson lifted a header over the bar from a right wing cross on 116.
The Lambs forced a corner on 117 but it was cleared and Vidal was brought down on the right on 119 setting up James with the left footed freekick but he over hit the curling ball into the box and Crane was happy to wait for the fans to give him the ball back before restarting play before the final whistle blew on The Lambs season in the competition.
Gill, Smith, Trainer, Vidal, H. Jackson, Green, Taylor (K. Jackson 72), Clarke, Amenku, Thornton (James 98), Daniels (Morrell 105)
Subs: Preston, Belshaw (GK)
Hednesford Town Team:
Crane, Ashmore, Campion, Bailey, Crowther, Love (Melbourne 73), Osborne (Peers 93), Sullivan (Glover 66), Robinson, Diggin, Thorley
Subs (four only): Price (GK)
Referee: Mr. R. Cairns