Three hard-earned points for the Reds
In many ways, this was a more satisfying victory than the five-goal romp over Altrincham as Reds recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
When things are not going your way, you have to tough it out and, with several players well below par on this occasion, that is exactly what they did.
The flair players deservedly took the plaudits in the previous match but Reds heroes in this dogged struggle were Messrs Calvert, Wordsworth and, in particular, Taylor. Skipper Aaran Taylor has been turning in top performances all season but Josh and Dan have lacked consistency so far.
But all three made invaluable contributions, especially in the second half when the Pitmen dominated for a while.
Not much to report on a mundane first half, other than a fine Anthony Wright shot and the match-winning goal from Conor Tinnion.
Wright’s shot was comfortably dealt with by James Wren but the ‘keeper was helpless when Tinnion struck in the thirty-eighth minute. It was a fine goal and not in keeping with the general standard of play overall.
James Earl sprayed a measured diagonal ball out to Dav Symington on the left and, after his customary shuffle of ball and feet, he crossed into the area. Town couldn’t clear the danger and the ball found Tinnion who promptly volleyed past Wren with that trusted left foot.
Hednesford hadn’t looked like scoring in the first half with Tom Thorley’s wayward shot one of few chances created.
But they had to show a more adventurous approach after going behind, and they certainly did that after the break. Indeed, they probably left the ground wondering why they were heading home with nothing to show for a spirited second-half performance.
In one sixty seconds spell, James Lawrie had a shot saved by Taylor at the expense of a corner, another goal-bound attempt blocked by Wordsworth with Checkaine Steele’s header cleared off the line in between.
When two Reds defenders went for the same ball and only succeeded in getting in other’s way, Taylor came to the rescue thwarting Lawrie once more.
But Taylor’s best stop was towards the end of the much improved second half when he advanced quickly off his line to deny Danny Glover.
Reds had carved out some decent chances of their own with Jordan Holt going close to grabbing his first senior goal, Town defender Ben Bailey deflecting the ball onto his own crossbar via Sam Smith’s cross, Sam Joel missing the target after being put in the clear by Jack Ryan and Calvert heading over the bar from close range.
Scott Allison, a hat-trick hero last time out, covered much ground without getting a sniff of goal yet two magnificent covering tackles in his own area helped preserve the clean sheet in the later stages of the game.
Three hard-earned points, much to the delight of management and supporters alike.
Workington Taylor, Simpson (Smith, 69), Symington, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Earl, Holt (Ryan, 71), Allison, Joel, Tinnion. Substitutes – Douglas, Rowntree, Mellen (not used).
Hednesford Town Wren, Plant, Melbourne, Bailey, Mutton, Fitzpatrick (Nadat, 84), Steele (Lyttle, 74), Glover, Lawrie, Levingston (Bullock, 58). Substitutes – Martin, Ballinger (not used).
Referee Graeme Hopper, Gateshead
Booking: Earl (Workington)