Perhaps a year ago County would not have come away with a draw from Saturday’s match, such been the progress in the squad over the summer. There was even a consistency that was missing from last season in that Alan Lord was able to play starting as last week.
After going a goal down against the run of play in the first half County controlled significant portions of the game, with Jack Ryan once again on the score sheet to secure the equaliser early in the second half.
Jamie Milligan had County ticking over nicely in an opening half hour that was only missing a goal from County such was the superiority. However, it’s often the way in football that team that don’t capitalise on their advantage will succumb to a counter-attack, and that’s just what County id on the half hour.
With Scott Spencer causing problems and being the focus of the home team’s attention during a sustained period of pressure from County it was a breakaway goal from Hednesford that saw County go in a goal down at the break.
An invigorated Hednesford took to the pitch in the second half and Hurst had to make a couple of smart saves.
With Dennis was on for Spencer after the break County rode the pressure of the opening of the second half and had a strong penalty call turned down by the Referee.
Sharp came on for Belezika as Alan Lord looked to grab an equaliser with a more attacking formation and that soon paid off.
Ryan’s endeavours won a corner and his resulting header from Milligan’s corner smashed into the back of the net to draw County level.
County pressed Hednesford back into their own half and Dennis could have grabbed all three points for County when he broke clear, but it wasn’t to be.
Hurst, Belezika (Sharp 56), Lees, Gregson, O`Halloran, Duxbury, Churchman, Milligan, Baker (Woolfe 89), Spencer (Dennis 45), Ryan.
Subs not used: Ormson, Lofthouse.
Crane, Melbourne, Campion, Bailey, Westwood, Thorley, Osbourne, Hurst, Glover, Robinson, Peers.
Subs: Ashmore, Melvin, McCone, McQuilkin, Sullivan.