Hednesford 2-0 Bradford PA
Hednesford Town returned to the top of the Skrill Conference North after a hard-fought win over a dogged Bradford Park Avenue side.
A Jamey Osborne strike and a 25-yard effort from defender Ben Bailey secured a 2-0 victory for The Pitmen.
The win sends Hednesford two points clear at the top of the table whilst Bradford remain 10th.
Hednesford came into the fixture looking for a return to form having lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions.
The home side started the brightest, with the attacking trio of Greg Pearson, Elliot Durrell and Nathan Woolfe linking up well early on.
Their dominance was rewarded after eight minutes, as Woolfe’s low cross found Osborne who coolly slotted home from 12 yards.
Immediately after, Hednesford keeper Dan Crane had to make an alert low save to deny Bradford an instant equaliser.
Hednesford were unlucky not to double their lead shortly before half time, with Durrell and Pearson both going close.
Despite still having the better of the play, Crane had to be continually alert in the Hednesford goal, with Paul Walker forcing him in to making a particularly impressive low save.
The home side wrapped up their win after 77 minutes. Paul McCone headed the ball towards Bailey, who rifled a half-volley straight in to the top corner.
The Pitmen held their composure to see out the remaining minutes and secure the victory that returns them to first place in the league.
Manager Rob Smith said: “This was a massive win for us tonight.
“We lost five in seven before this game, we haven’t done that for a while so it was a big test of character.
“I’m happy we overcame one of the top sides in the division. They’re a good side and they caused us a lot of problems tonight.”