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A hugely disappointing second half performance from Hednesford Town allowed a two-one lead and a very possible three points to slip away on a freezing winter night at Keys Park.
The expectant Keys Park faithful were in positive mood following a run of three straight victories for Rob Smith’s side but it was Stourbridge who took an early lead with Ben Billingham slamming a cross beyond Dan Crane after a swift counter attack to open the scoring on nine minutes.
The Pitmen were unperturbed by the early goal and hit back twice in quick succession as debut hero Danny Quinn continued his electrifying start to life in a Hednesford shirt. His first goal was a superb individual effort as he glided past three men and clinically poked the ball beyond the helpless Lewis Solly on eleven minutes.
Quinn’s second came three minutes later as a Darren Campion free kick fell favourably and the striker hit a shot which deceived a hapless Solly and trickled into the net to give Hednesford the lead.
Stourbridge threatened periodically on the break but, as half time beckoned, Quinn could have secured his hat trick when he sneaked in on goal, lost his bearings and lobbed the ball over the crossbar.
The second half was a totally different story as Stourbridge came out the stronger and fully deserved their victory as the previously positive Pitmen midfield disintegrated. Nathan Bennett swept the ball home on forty-nine minutes following a goal mouth scramble and Ryan Rowe capitalised on some poor defending to pick up on a long ball from goalkeeper Solly to poke beyond Crane six minutes later.
A shell-shocked Hednesford side threatened only once to equalise but Solly made a superb save from Chris Clements’ rasping drive to preserve a well-earned victory for Stourbridge