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Hednesford Town
Full time
J Amis (29'), D Mitchley (86')
Sat 17 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 246

Mariners lose despite fired-up display

Marine dig deep but lose 3-2 to The Pitmen on a dramatic day

On a dramatic day for the Mariners a fiery first half display was not enough as Hednesford shifted up a gear and secured a 3-2.

It could have been a different story completely for the team after the team bus caught fire on the way to Keys Park. Just a few minutes from the ground huge black plumes of smoke erupted from the bus – all players, staff, committee members and supporters thankfully made it safely off the vehicle as the back section went up in flames.

Everyone made the short walk to the ground as the snow started falling and it was safe to say all involved were fired up for the three points.

Marine were coming into the game off the back of two strong home performances with five goals scored and none conceded. One of those games was against the Pitmen who have lost their last two games but were still on the hunt for a play off place.

The opening 25 minutes were largely uneventful with only a couple of half long-range chances for Michael Brewster and James Short to warm the crowd in bitterly cold weather.

The Marine midfield really grew into the game with Brewster in particular having a great performance chasing down loose balls and looking for openings.

But it was the front two who really sparked the game into life. Danny Mitchley did some great work on the right wing before drilling an inviting ball into the area. Two Hednesford defenders dithered in the box while Josh Amis stepped forward to tap home his first goal for the club.

Going ahead inspired the Mariners to push for a second and they almost got one on the stroke of half time. Brewster cut the ball back for Amis but his effort was saved.

Hednesford came out in the second half like a different team and it didn’t take long for them to bag an equaliser courtesy of a deflected shot from James Lawrie.

Aside from a great solo run by Peter Wylie which ended with a weak shot on target, Hednesford enjoyed the better of the second half.

With just over an hour gone Hednesford took the lead in controversial circumstances. Danny Glover popped up to head home on the rebound after Fearon had saved a long-range shot. The linesman raised his flag for offside but the referee overruled him and allowed the goal despite protests from Marine.

There was still time for Marine to push for an equaliser as James Murray and John McGrath came on to add some extra firepower. Mitchley fired an effort across goal and Amis had a golden opportunity when through on goal but shot straight at the keeper.

With 15 minutes to go Hednesford put the game to bed with Glover getting his second on the day. Credit to the striker as he controlled the ball with his chest then rifled in a shot from the edge of the area to make it 3-1.

Mitchley reduced the deficit with a cool finish from inside the box following a great cut back from Brewster but it wasn’t enough and Hednesford secured all three points.

Watch – Tommy Lawson interview

Marine: Martin Fearon; Peter Wylie, James Short, Adam Hughes, Kenny Strickland; Billy Smart, Michael Brewster, Thomas Field (John McGrath, 75), Liam Tongue (James Murray, 70); Danny Mitchley (c), Josh Amis

Subs not used: Dominic Reid, Phil Baker, Niall Watson

Hednesford: James Wren, Callam Mendez-Jones, Matt Curley, Ben Bailey, Sam Oji, Charlie Gatter, Jack Rea, Tom Thorley (c), Danny Glover, Jordan Graham, James Lawrie

Subs: Joey Butlin, Louis Harris, Reece King, James Fitzgibbon, Jose Veiga

Referee: R Haynes
Assistants: D Constable and C Clinton

Key moments

Goal Josh Amis scores for Marine
Goal Daniel Mitchley scores for Marine


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86:00 Goal 0 - 2
Daniel Mitchley scores for Marine
75:00 Sub On
John McGrath is substituted on for Marine
75:00 Sub Off
Tom Field is substituted off for Marine
70:00 Sub On
James Murray is substituted on for Marine
70:00 Sub Off
Liam Tongue is substituted off for Marine
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 0 - 1
Josh Amis scores for Marine
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hednesford Town
  • Marine
  • 0
  • Josh Amis Goal 29:00'
  • Liam Tongue Sub Off 70:00'
  • James Murray Sub On 70:00'
  • John McGrath Sub On 75:00'
  • Tom Field Sub Off 75:00'
  • Daniel Mitchley Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Fearon, Martin Fearon, Martin
Wylie, Peter Wylie, Peter
Strickland, Kenneth Strickland, Kenneth
Tongue, Liam Tongue, Liam
Hughes, Adam Hughes, Adam
Short, James Short, James
Brewster, Michael Brewster, Michael
Smart, Billy Smart, Billy
Mitchley, Daniel Mitchley, Daniel
Amis, Josh Amis, Josh
Field, Tom Field, Tom

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Coalville Town 38 43
19. Matlock Town 36 41
20. Whitby Town 36 39
21. Stalybridge Celtic 32 38
22. Marine 36 38
23. Halesowen Town 37 32
24. Sutton Coldfield Town 37 29

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