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Hednesford Town warmed up for their play-off semi-final on Thursday night with a thrashing of hopeless bottom club Halesowen Town on another gloriously sunny day in the Midlands.
The Pitmen had already secured second place in the league and The Yeltz had long been relegated so the game took on an almost pre-season significance as Rob Smith chose to rest some of his key performers for bigger tests on the horizon. The joyous Hednesford supporters were in relaxed mood and ensured their heroic players received a standing ovation as they entered the field.
The replacements for the likes of Kyle Patterson and Nick Wellecomme still did a convincing job as the away side were by far the better team throughout the game. Marvin Robinson was the stand out player as the big striker helped himself to a hat trick to stake his claim for a starting berth on Thursday night.
Robinson opened the scoring on eighteen minutes when he head in from close range after a miskick by Alex Roofe, he scored his second with a superb overhead kick on the half hour mark and completed his trio from the penalty spot on seventy-two minutes.
Chris Clements was again instrumental throughout the match and deservedly swept Hednesford’s third goal into the net with trademark class on sixty-one minutes. The fifth goal summed up the appalling day at the office for the home side as Robinson’s weak cross hit Mark Smith on the knee and bobbled into the net on eighty-two minutes.
Nick Wellecomme came on for a brief cameo and ran onto a Quinn flick to finish with real confidence in stoppage time to send Rob Smith’s men on their way to face Leamington on Thursday night in the biggest game at Keys Park for several years in buoyant mood