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26.12.2012 @ 15:00 Marston Road Attendance: 1124
Stafford Rangers 0 - 1 Hednesford Town
Referee: NPL Premier-Match

None Aaron Rey (76)
Starting Line-ups
Adam Alcock
Luke George
Oliver Davies
Liam Walshe
James Bolton
Christian Dacres
Michael Carr
Lee Downes
Karl Ashton
Danny Quinn
Fabrice Kasiama
Dan Crane
Francino Francis
Darren Campion
Ben Bailey
Alex Melbourne
Jamey Osborne
Elliott Durrell
Nathan Woolfe
Dave MacPherson
Neil Harvey
Aaron Rey
Levi Reid
Peter Heler
Ryan Brown
Danny Read
Sean Kinsella
Sam Barnes
John Disney
Sam Craven
Michael Lennon
Sean O'Connor
Levi Reid -> Michael Carr (68)
Peter Heler -> Lee Downes (79)
Sean Kinsella -> Fabrice Kasiama (85)
Michael Lennon -> Nathan Woolfe (70)
Sean O'Connor -> Neil Harvey (78)
Sam Craven -> Aaron Rey (88)
Yellow cards
Christian Dacres
Luke George
Lee Downes
Elliott Durrell (0)
Francino Francis (0)
Red cards
None None.
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Aaron Rey gave Hednesford Town a well-deserved victory over Stafford Rangers, scoring the only goal in a fiery local derby on 76 minutes, as The Pitmen kept pace with leaders North Ferriby at the summit of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

The match was played out on a sodden, cut-up pitch which was far from conducive to flowing attacking football but the victorious Hednesford manager, Rob Smith, was pleased with the character of his side to fight through the mudbath for the win.

‘We showed real character today despite the struggles with the pitch, we know that everyone will try to knock us down but we were the better side and deserved the win.’

Rangers boss, Greg Clowes, was magnanimous in defeat citing the fact that his goalkeeper Adam Alcock pulled off three superb saves before his defence let in Rey for the winner.

‘The conditions were far from ideal but the game was a proper local derby. Hednesford were denied by Alcock three times but after all our hard work it was disappointing to concede the goal like we did.’

The Pitmen started strongly in the opening 15 minutes and could have been three goals up were it not for an outstanding display by Alcock as he denied Nathan Woolfe’s free-kick with a finger-tip save onto the post on seven minutes.

Neil Harvey pounced on a loose pass by Christain Dacres two minutes later and forced Alcock into a block before Rey was thwarted by the goalkeeper once more as The Pitmen pushed for an opening goal.

Following Hednesford’s bright start, both teams proved how much the Chase derby meant to them as a string of aggressive tackles flew in and the referee was called upon to clamp down in slippery conditions.

Ex-Pitman, Danny Quinn, forced Dan Crane into a smart save at his near post on 32 minutes but the second half failed to live up to the action of the first as the heavy pitch sapped the energy of the players.

Alex Melbourne heroically cleared a goal bound lob by Kasiama off the line with 17 minutes to go before Rey latched onto a well-judged, back-heeled through ball by Elliott Durrell to score a vitally important winning goal for the away side.

There was not to be a rousing Stafford comeback as The Pitmen held firm in the final ten minutes and, as yet another squally downpour rained down on the Hednesford faithful, the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of a derby that may not go down as a classic, but sent their raucous fans home happy.
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